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Ancient Greek Coins of Laodicea ad Lycus

Laodiceia ad Lycum was founded probably by Antiochus II Theos (261 - 46 B.C.), and named after his wife Laodice. The principal deity of the city was Laodicean Zeus or Zeus Aseis. "Aseis" may be linked to the Arabic "aziz" which means powerful and may indicate Syrian influence on the cult. Laodiceia's cosmopolitan population included many people of Syrian origin. There was also a large and prosperous Jewish community whose members had freedom of worship. Laodicea is one of the oldest homes of Christianity and the seat of one of the seven churches of the Apocalypse.

Laodicea ad Lycum, Phrygia, c. 189 - 133 B.C.

|Laodicea| |ad| |Lycus|, |Laodicea| |ad| |Lycum,| |Phrygia,| |c.| |189| |-| |133| |B.C.||AE| |13|
Laodicea on the Lycus was on the river Lycus (Curuksu), in Lydia, later the Roman Province of Phrygia Pacatiana, now near the modern city of Denizli, Turkey. It was home to one of the Seven churches of Asia in the Book of Revelation. In 2013 the archaeological site was identified as a of World Heritage Site. Its ruins attest to its former greatness. Its many buildings include a stadium, baths, temples, a gymnasium, theaters, and a bouleuterion (Senate House). On the eastern side, the line of the ancient wall may be distinctly traced, with the remains of the Ephesus gate; there are streets traversing the town, flanked by colonnades and numerous pedestals. North of the town, towards the Lycus, are many sarcophagi, with their covers lying near them, partly embedded in the ground, and all having been long since rifled. Laodicea
GB110085. Bronze AE 13, BMC Phrygia p. 283, 24; SGCV 5158; SNGvA -; SNG Cop -; SNG Mn -; SNG Tb -; Lindgren -, VF, glossy green patina, well centered, weight 1.906 g, maximum diameter 12.5 mm, die axis 0o, Laodicea ad Lycus (near Denizli, Turkey) mint, c. 189 - 133 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right; reverse ΛAO∆IKEΩN, lotus flower; we did not make an exhaustive search, but we did look online and in the primary references - the BMC Phrygia specimen is the only other specimen we found; extremely rare; $150.00 SALE PRICE $135.00


Laodicea ad Lycum, Phrygia, c. 138 - 161 A.D.

|Laodicea| |ad| |Lycus|, |Laodicea| |ad| |Lycum,| |Phrygia,| |c.| |138| |-| |161| |A.D.||AE| |19|
Laodicea on the Lycus was on the river Lycus (Curuksu), in Lydia, later the Roman Province of Phrygia Pacatiana, now near the modern city of Denizli, Turkey. It was home to one of the Seven churches of Asia in the Book of Revelation. In 2013 the archaeological site was identified as a of World Heritage Site. Its ruins attest to its former greatness. Its many buildings include a stadium, baths, temples, a gymnasium, theaters, and a bouleuterion (Senate House). On the eastern side, the line of the ancient wall may be distinctly traced, with the remains of the Ephesus gate; there are streets traversing the town, flanked by colonnades and numerous pedestals. North of the town, towards the Lycus, are many sarcophagi, with their covers lying near them, partly embedded in the ground, and all having been long since rifled. Laodicea
RP110220. Bronze AE 19, RPC Online IV-2 T2113 (12 spec.); SNG Cop 538; SNGvA 3830; SNG Mu 365; BMC Phrygia p. 293, 95, aVF, green patina, near centered, earthen deposits, porosity, weight 3.326 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 180o, Laodicea ad Lycum (near Denizli, Turkey) mint, Time of Antonines, c. 138 - 161 A.D.; obverse ∆HMOC clockwise on right, laureate youthful head of Demos right; reverse ΛAO∆IKEΩN clockwise from upper right, Zeus Laodikeus standing slightly left, head left, wearing long chiton and himation, eagle in extended right hand, scepter in left hand; $70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00







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