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Apameia, Phrygia, 88 - 76 B.C.
Apameia was named for Apama, the mother of the founder, the Seleucid king Antiochos I. Apameia suffered frequent earthquakes and one reduced it to ruins early in the first century B.C. In 88 B.C., the city peacefully opened its gates to king Mithradates of Pontos. As a reward, Mithradates granted the city 100 talents for restoration. Kleiner suggests this type is related to Mithradates' gift.
SH69293. Silver cistophoric tetradrachm
, Kleiner Apameia
, VI, 9; BMC Phrygia
p. 71, 15; SNGvA
-; SNG Cop
-, VF, obverse
struck with a worn die, Phrygia
, Apameia (Dinar, Turkey) mint, weight
12.378g, maximum diameter
23.4mm, die axis
, magistrate Dionysios, 88 - 76 B.C.; obverse
Cista mystica with half open lid, from which a snake emerges left, all within ivy wreath
two coiled snakes with heads erect, ornamented bow-case between them with strap on right, bow emerging from top left side
of case, snake wrapped around two flutes on the right, AΠA left (off flan
), ∆IONY/ΣIOY between the snake heads; SOLD
Catalog current as of Tuesday, March 19, 2019.
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