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Stratonikeia, Caria, c. 167 - 133 B.C.
Under the Seleucid kings, Stratonikeia was adorned with splendid and costly buildings. Later in the 3rd century B.C. it was ceded to the Rhodians. Rhodes seems to have then temporarily lost it, possibly during king Philip V of Macedon's Carian campaign (201Ė198 B.C.), but it retook control of the place in 197 B.C., keeping it until 167 B.C. when the whole of Caria was declared free by the Roman Republic. From this point starts the city's independent coinage, which was to last until the time of Emperor Gallienus (253Ė268). In 130 B.C., it was at Stratonikeia that the self-proclaimed king Aristonicus made his last stand and was captured in his failed revolt against Rome.
GS89327. Silver hemidrachm, Meadows 68 (O28/R56), SNG TŁbingen 3464 (same dies), SNG Keckman -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, SNG MŁnchen -, BMC Caria -, VF, die wear, scratches, small edge chip, Stratonikeia (Eskihisar, Mugla Province, Turkey) mint, weight 1.127g, maximum diameter 13.2mm, die axis 0o
, c. 167 - 133 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right; reverse CTPATΩN, eagle standing right, head right, wings open, C-T flanking eagle, headdress of Isis lower right, all within square incuse; rare
Catalog current as of Monday, August 19, 2019.
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