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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Anatolia| > |Cilicia| > GB93846
Anazarbus, Cilicia, 114 - 115 A.D.
The torch is a symbol that can be related to either Artemis or Demeter. Although the goddess on the reverse is usually identified in references as Artemis, we believe it is Demeter. In year 132, this type was struck at Anazarbus with larger denominations depicting Trajan on the obverse, some with reverses depicting Trajan's sister Marciana, and others with reverses depicting her daughter, Trajan's niece, Matidia. Circulating alongside the other coins, these coins advertised the importance of Marciana and Matidia to the imperial family and suggested that they, similar to Demeter and her daughter Persephone, were essential to the prosperity of the empire.
GB93846. Bronze hemiassaria, Ziegler 122 (Vs1/Rs2); RPC III 3375; BMC Lycaonia p. 31, 3; SNG BnF 2026; cf. SNG Levante 1380 (year 132); SNG Cop -; SNGvA -; SNG Righetti -, VF, nice dark green patina with highlighting earthen deposits, scratches on reverse, beveled obverse edge, Anazarbus (Anavarza, Turkey) mint, weight 4.661g, maximum diameter 18.4mm, die axis 0o, 114 - 115 A.D.; obverse KAICAPIA ANAZAP, veiled bust of Persephone right, grain ears and poppy before; reverse ET ΓΛP (year 133), veiled bust of Demeter right, wearing polos (resembling a pileus), flaming torch before; ex Agora Auctions sale 90 (3 Sep 2019), lot 38; ex Tom Buggey Collection; ex Saint Paul Antiques (London), auction 7 (11 Jun 17), lot 150; SOLD


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Demeter or Ceres