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Pergamene Kingdom

Philetaerus, an officer under Lysimachus, deserted in 282 B.C., taking control of Pergamon and a large treasury deposited there. At first nominally a Seleukid suzerainty, Pergamon grew into a strong, prosperous and independent kingdom. Loyal allies of Rome in the Macedonian Wars and against the Seleucids, they were rewarded with all the former Seleucid domains in Asia Minor. When Attalus III died without an heir in 133 B.C., to prevent a civil war, he bequeathed the kingdom to the Roman Republic.

Attalid Dynasty of Pergamon
Philetaerus (282 - 263 BC)
Eumenes I (263 - 241 BC)
Attalus I Soter (241 - 197 BC)
Eumenes II (197 - 159 BC)
Attalus II Philadelphus (160 - 138 BC)
Attalus III (138 - 133 BC)
Eumenes III Aristonicus (pretender, 133 - 129 BC)


Pergamene Kingdom, Eumenes I, 263 - 241 B.C.

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Philetaerus, an officer of Lysimachus, deserted in 282 B.C., taking control of Pergamon and a large treasure deposited there. At first nominally a Seleukid suzerainty, Pergamon grew into a strong, prosperous and independent kingdom. Loyal allies of Rome in the Macedonian Wars and against the Seleucids, they were rewarded with all the former Seleucid domains in Asia Minor. When Attalus III died without an heir in 133 B.C., to prevent a civil war, he bequeathed the kingdom to the Roman Republic.
GS85677. Silver tetradrachm, Westermark group III; SNG BnF 1606; SNG Cop 334; SNGvA 7453; Meydancikkale 3003; BMC Mysia p. 115, 31, VF, toned, high relief portrait, bumps and marks, weight 16.882 g, maximum diameter 29.0 mm, die axis 0o, Pergamon (Bergama, Turkey) mint, struck in the name of Philetairos; obverse laureate head of Philetairos I right; reverse ΦIΛETAIPOY downward on right, Athena enthroned left, wearing crested helmet, chiton and peplos, right hand supporting grounded round shield before her, shield ornamented with a gorgoneion, resting left elbow on left arm of throne which is ornamented with a sphinx, transverse spear leaning on left arm, ivy leaf above knee, A on throne, bow outer right; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 47 (9 Oct 2016), lot 130; $480.00 (€408.00)
 


Pergamene Kingdom, Attalos I Soter 241 - 197 B.C., In the Name of Philetairos

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Attalus, a capable general, champion of the Greeks, and loyal ally of Rome, made Pergamon a powerful kingdom. He earned the name "Soter" (savior) by defeating the Galatians, who had plundered and exacted tribute for more than a generation. In the Macedonian Wars he allied with Rome against Philip V of Macedon.
SH70868. Silver tetradrachm, Westermark Group VIB; SNG BnF BnF 1626; BMC Mysia p. 117, 45; McClean 7685, VF/F, excellent portrait, uneven toning, weight 16.753 g, maximum diameter 30.5 mm, die axis 0o, Pergamon (Bergama, Turkey) mint, 235 - 210 B.C.; obverse Philetairos (founder of the Attalid dynasty) diademed head right; reverse Athena enthroned left, crowning dynastic name ΦIΛETAIPOY to left, holding spear and resting left arm on shield, XAP monogram inner left, bow on right; very rare with this monogram; $390.00 (€331.50)
 


Peltai, Phrygia, 188 - 133 B.C.

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The location of Peltai is unknown but it was probably on the Meander River. In 188 B.C., in accordance with the Treaty of Apameia, Peltai came under the rule of the Pergamon Kingdom. In 133 B.C., Attalos III Philometor bequeathed his kingdom, including Peltai, to the Roman Republic.
GB69814. Bronze AE 18, HGC 7, 755 (R1); BMC Phrygia p. 347, 7 corr. (Zeus); SGCV II 5169; SNG Cop -; SNGvA -; SNG Munchen -; SNG Tub -; Lindgren -, F, dark green patina, weight 2.927 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 0o, Peltae mint, 188 - 133 B.C.; obverse head of bearded Herakles right; reverse ΠEΛTH/NΩN, club with handle upward, Nemean lion skin draped over handle; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; rare; $55.00 (€46.75)
 


Aigai, Aiolis, 3rd Century B.C.

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Aegae (or Aigai) means place of goats and was the name of many cities of antiquity. Aigai, Aiolis was also an important sanctuary of Apollo. It was within the Lydian Empire, then the Achaemenid Persian Empire, but had its brightest period under the Attalid dynasty, which ruled from nearby Pergamon in the 3rd and 2nd centuries B.C. It changed hands from Pergamon to the Seleucid Empire, but was recaptured by Attalus I of Pergamon in 218 B.C. In the war between Bithynia and Pergamon, it was destroyed by Prusias II of Bithynia in 156 B.C. After a peace was brokered by the Romans, the city was compensated with 100 talents. In 129 B.C., the Kingdom of Pergamon became part of the Roman Empire. Aigai was destroyed by an earthquake in 17 A.D. and received aid for reconstruction from Tiberius. The ruins are near the village of Yuntdagi Koseler in Manisa Province, Turkey.
GB86112. Bronze AE 9, SNG Cop 2; SNGvA 1593 var. (no legend), BMC Troas -, SNG Munchen -, VF, dark green patina with highlighting earthen deposits, scratches, weight 1.220 g, maximum diameter 9.1 mm, die axis 0o, Aiolis, Aigai (near Yuntdagi Koseler, Turkey) mint, 3rd century B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse head and neck of goat right, AIΓAE upward behind; $32.00 (€27.20)
 


Pergamene Kingdom, c. 282 - 133 B.C.

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The regal bronze coinage of Pergamon is all inscribed in the name of the dynasty's founder, Philetairos. Attribution to specific reigns is not yet possible.
GB86101. Bronze AE 12, SNG BnF 1676; SNG Cop 351; SNG Tübingen 2373, BMC Mysia p. 120, 60; SGCV II 7231, aF, green patina, tight flan, edge crack, weight 2.222 g, maximum diameter 11.5 mm, die axis 0o, Mysia, Pergamon (Bergama, Turkey) mint, c. 282 - 133 B.C.; obverse head Athena right in crested helmet ornamented with a griffin; reverse ivy-leaf, ΦIΛE-TAIPOY (Philetairos) in two downward rows starting on left; $29.00 (€24.65)
 


Pergamene Kingdom, 282 - 133 B.C.

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This variant is apparently unpublished in references. We do know of one other example from Gitbud & Naumann Auction 29 (1 Mar 2015), lot 183. The type usually has the name of dynasty's founder, Philetairos downward on the reverse right, and a different monogram (various monograms published but not this one) on the reverse left.
GB86111. Bronze AE 13, Unpublished in references; cf. SNG BnF 1650 ff.; SNG Cop 343 ff.; SNG Tübingen 2379 ff.; BMC Mysia 78 ff. (none this monogram), F, small flan for the type, rough, weight 2.106 g, maximum diameter 12.9 mm, die axis 0o, Pergamon (Bergama, Turkey) mint, 282 - 133 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Athena right, helmet ornamented with a griffin; reverse coiled snake right, protruding forked tongue, ΘA monogram left; rare variant; $29.00 (€24.65)
 







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