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Churches of Revelation

The Book of Revelation discusses the churches of seven cities. This page lists some of our coins from those cities.

- Ephesus, Ionia (Revelation 2:1-7) - the church that had forsaken its first love (2:4).
- Smyrna, Ionia (Revelation 2:8-11) - the church that would suffer persecution (2:10).
- Pergamon, Mysia (Revelation 2:12-17) - the church that needed to repent (2:16).
- Thyatira, Lydia (Revelation 2:18-29) - the church that had a false prophetess (2:20).
- Sardis, Lydia (Revelation 3:1-6) - the church that had fallen asleep (3:2).
- Philadelphia, Lydia (Revelation 3:7-13) - the church that had endured patiently (3:10).
- Laodicea, Phrygia (Revelation 3:14-22) - the church with the lukewarm faith (3:16).

Thyateira, Lydia, Early 3rd Century A.D., Pseudo-Autonomous Coinage

|Thyatira|, |Thyateira,| |Lydia,| |Early| |3rd| |Century| |A.D.,| |Pseudo-Autonomous| |Coinage||AE| |17|
Wandering the world in a panther-drawn chariot, Dionysos rode ahead of the maenads and satyrs, who sang loudly and danced, flushed with wine. They were profusely garlanded with ivy and held the thyrsus, a staff topped with a pinecone, a symbol of the immortality of his believers. Everywhere he went he taught men how to cultivate vines and the mysteries of his cult. Whoever stood in his way and refused to revere him was punished with madness.
RP68779. Bronze AE 17, BMC Lydia p. 299, 46; Mionnet IV 858; SNG BnF 1398; SNG Leypold I 1261; SNG Cop -; SNGvA -; SNG Keckman -; Weber -; Lindgren -; SGICV -, aVF, weight 2.819 g, maximum diameter 16.5 mm, die axis 180o, Thyatira (Akhisar, Turkey) mint, early 3rd century A.D.; obverse head of Dionysos right; reverse ΘYATEIPHNΩN, Nike advancing left, raising wreath in right hand, palm frond over shoulder in left; extremely rare; SOLD

Smyrna, Ionia, Time of Mithridates VI, c. 88 - 85 B.C.

|Smyrna|, |Smyrna,| |Ionia,| |Time| |of| |Mithridates| |VI,| |c.| |88| |-| |85| |B.C.||AE| |25|
GB81290. Bronze AE 25, SNG Cop 1206, BMC Ionia 118, VF, weight 12.917 g, maximum diameter 25.2 mm, die axis 0o, Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey) mint, c. 88 - 85 B.C.; obverse Diademed head of Mithridates VI right; reverse EPMOΓENHΣ ΦPIΞOΣ ΣMYPNAIΩN, Nike advancing right, holding wreath and palm; rare; SOLD

Sardes, Lydia, c. 2nd - 1st Century B.C.

|Sardes|, |Sardes,| |Lydia,| |c.| |2nd| |-| |1st| |Century| |B.C.||AE| |17|
Rare variety with a monogram on the obverse. BMC, SNG Copenhagen, SNG von Aulock, Lindgren, etc. include a large number of coins from the series but none has an obverse monogram. Some, however, are not as well centered.
GB29105. Bronze AE 17, BMC Lydia p. 239, 25 and 30 var. (no obverse monogram), VF/F, weight 5.504 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 0o, Sardes (Sart, Turkey) mint, c. 2nd - 1st Centuries B.C.; obverse laureate bust of a young Herakles, lion skin knotted at neck, monogram behind; reverse ΣAP∆IANΩN, nude Apollo standing left, bird in extended right hand, laurel branch in left, monogram before, all within laurel wreath; rare variety; SOLD


Other coins that relate to the Book of Revelation include coins of Nero and coins of the Parthian kings with an archer reverse. Verses 13 and following are a symbolic reference to Parthians attacking Rome for its vile behavior in persecuting Christ's church. Parthians themselves aren't envisioned as doing the attacking, but the serve as a great image for the diabolical forces Revelation's author had in mind. Suetonius, in The Twelve Caesars, writes of a belief among the Romans after Nero's death that he hadn't really died but would be returning with the Parthians. Nero has been identified as the 666 of Revelation (his name in gematria equals 666). Verse 8 refers to the Parthians long hair, "They had hair like woman's hair." Verse 10 includes a subtle reference to Parthian archer-horseman and their perfected technique of the parting shots, shooting over the rear of their animal while feigning retreat, "They had tails like scorpions, with stingers." Verse 14 refers to the Parthian heartland across the Euphrates.

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