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Ancient Coins of Mysia, Antatolia

Mysia is the northwestern region of Anatolia (Asia Minor) located on the shore of the Propontis (Marmara Sea) between Troas and Bithynia. The chief physical features of Mysia are the two mountains, Mount Olympus at (7600 ft) in the north and Mount Temnus in the south. The most important cities were Pergamon in the valley of the Caïcus, and Cyzicus on the Propontis. The whole sea-coast was studded with Greek towns, several of which were places of considerable importance; thus the northern portion included Parium, Lampsacus and Abydos, and the southern Assos, Adramyttium. Further south, on the Eleatic Gulf, were Elaea, Myrina and Cyme.

Attaea, Mysia, Late 2nd Century A.D.

|Other| |Mysia|, |Attaea,| |Mysia,| |Late| |2nd| |Century| |A.D.||AE| |18|
Attaea appears to be known only from its coinage. Its site is uncertain but, based on coin finds, may be Dikeliköy, Turkey.
RP111827. Bronze AE 18, SNGvA 7203, SNG BnF 136, von Fritze Mysiens 357, Waddington 5744, RPC IV.2 online -, SNG Cop -, aVF, nice green patina, light corrosion, scratches, earthen deposits, weight 5.102 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 180o, Attaea (Dikeliköy, Turkey?) mint, reign of Marcus Aurelius(?), late 2nd century A.D.; obverse IEPA CVNKΛHTOC, draped bust of the youthful Senate right; reverse ATTAITΩN, youthful male figure (founding hero?) standing right, beardless, with short hair, left foot on cippus, upper body bent forward, arms crossed resting both on left thigh; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00

Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Attaea, Mysia

|Other| |Mysia|, |Trajan,| |25| |January| |98| |-| |8| |or| |9| |August| |117| |A.D.,| |Attaea,| |Mysia||AE| |18|
Attaea appears to be known only from its coinage. Its site is uncertain but, based on coin finds, may be Dikeliköy, Turkey.
RP112053. Bronze AE 18, RPC Online III 1752 (8 spec.); SNG BnF 141; von Fritze 364, Stumpf 544, F, dark patina, highlighting earthen deposits, weight 4.316 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 0o, Attaea (Dikeliköy, Turkey?) mint, c. 101 - 103 A.D.; obverse AYT KAIC NEP TPAI CEB (Imperator Caesar Nerva Traianus Augustus), laureate head right, small lituus before chest; reverse EΠI ANΘ CEKOYN ATTAITΩN, Zeus standing facing, head left, fulmen (thunderbolt) in right hand, long scepter vertical in left hand; eagle at his feet on right, standing right head turned back to left; rare; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00

Titus, 24 June 79 - 13 September 81 A.D., Germe ad Rhyndakos, Mysia, Domitian Reverse

|Other| |Mysia|, |Titus,| |24| |June| |79| |-| |13| |September| |81| |A.D.,| |Germe| |ad| |Rhyndakos,| |Mysia,| |Domitian| |Reverse||AE| |18|
There were two towns named Germe, Germe ad Rhyndakos near Pergamum in Mysia and Germa ad Caicus in Lydia. BMC and SNG Cop include the city under Lydia. But recent scholarship indicates only Germe ad Rhyndakos in Mysia struck coins.
RP111205. Brass AE 18, RPC Online II 930, Ehling 14-25, SNG Cop 135, Weber 6809 (Germe, Lydia), SNGvA -, BMC Lydia -, VF, off center, porous, die break on rev., weight 4.340 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 315o, Mysia, Germe ad Rhyndakos mint, obverse AYTO KAI CEBAC, laureate head of Titus, stalks of grain before chin; reverse AYTO KAI CEBAC, laureate head of Domitian right; from the Michael Arslan Collection; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00

Kyzikos, Mysia, 2nd - 1st Century B.C.

|Cyzicus|, |Kyzikos,| |Mysia,| |2nd| |-| |1st| |Century| |B.C.||AE| |18|
In 74 B.C. Cyzicus, allied with Rome, withstood a siege by King Mithridates VI of Pontus. Rome rewarded this loyalty with territory and with municipal independence which lasted until the reign of Tiberius. When it was incorporated into the Empire, it was made the capital of Mysia, afterward of Hellespontus. Cyzicus was one of the great cities of the ancient world.
GB111737. Bronze AE 18, SNG BnF 465; SNG Cop IV 69.; SNGvA I 1236.; SNG Tüb IV 2259.; BMC Mysia p. 39, 152; Lindgren I 220, aVF, light deposits, weight 5.497 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 0o, Kyzikos (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 2nd - 1st Century B.C.; obverse head of Kore Soteira (the savior maiden) right, wreathed with grain; reverse KY/ZI in two lines, divided by monogram at center, all inside oak wreath, within a shallow round incuse; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00

Domitian, 13 September 81 - 18 September 96 A.D., Parion, Mysia(?)

|Parium|, |Domitian,| |13| |September| |81| |-| |18| |September| |96| |A.D.,| |Parion,| |Mysia(?)||AE| |15|
The attribution of this very rare type to Parium is uncertain. See RPC II p. 137.

The ceremonial founding of a new Roman colony included plowing a furrow, the pomerium, a sacred boundary, around the site of the new city.
RP94451. Bronze AE 15, RPC II Online 889 (12 spec.), SNGvA 6202, F, dark brown patina, light corrosion, tight flan, weight 3.575 g, maximum diameter 15.3 mm, die axis 0o, Parion, Mysia(?) mint, 13 Sep 81 - 18 Sep 96 A.D.; obverse DO-MIT AVG (clockwise from the upper right), laureate head left; reverse priest plowing right with two oxen, marking the pomerium (sacred boundary marked for the foundation of a new Roman colony), GERM in exergue; zero sales of this type recorded on Coin Archives in the last two decades; very rare; $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00

Pergamon, Mysia, c. 133 - 16 B.C.

|Pergamon|, |Pergamon,| |Mysia,| |c.| |133| |-| |16| |B.C.||AE| |19|
When the Pergamene king Attalus III died without an heir in 133 B.C., to prevent a civil war, he bequeathed the kingdom to the Roman Republic. The Greeks and Romans did not view snakes as evil creatures but rather as symbols and tools for healing and fertility. Asclepius, the son of Apollo and Koronis, learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one snake bringing another snake healing herbs. Woman seeking fertility, the sick, and the injured slept in his temples in chambers where non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor and provide healing.
GB111742. Bronze AE 19, SNG BnF 1808 (no rev. X); SNG Tüb 2415 var. (same); BMC Mysia p. 129, 158 var. (same); SNGvA 1371 var. (same); SNG Cop -, aVF, obv. a little off center, green patina, weight 7.793 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 0o, Pergamon (Bergama, Turkey) mint, c. 133 - 16 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Asklepios right; reverse Asklepian snake coiled around omphalos, head right, X inner right field, AΣKΛHΠIOY downward on right, ΣΩTHPOΣ downward on left (of the savior Asklepios); rare variation; $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00

Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D., Kyzikos, Mysia

|Cyzicus|, |Severus| |Alexander,| |13| |March| |222| |-| |March| |235| |A.D.,| |Kyzikos,| |Mysia||AE| |28|
Colossal foundations of the Temple of Hadrian, sometimes ranked among the Seven Wonders of the World, are still visible at Cyzicus. The columns were 21.35 meters high (about 70 feet), the highest known in the Roman Empire. Those at Baalbek in Syria, the next highest, are only 19.35 meters (about 63 feet). Columns from both structures were recycled under Justinian I for the Hagia Sophia.
RP112741. Bronze AE 28, RPC Online VI T3777 (6 spec.), SNG BnF 818, SNG Tüb 2285 , F, well centered, dark patina, scratches, small edge chips, center dimple on rev., weight 13.074 g, maximum diameter 28.0 mm, die axis 105o, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 13 Mar 222 - Mar 235 A.D.; obverse AY KAI MAY CEBH AΛEXANΔPOC AYΓ, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse KYZIKH-N-ΩN NEΩ/KOPΩ (last four letters in exergue), two burning torches, serpent coiled around each, flaming altar between; first example of this type handled by Forum; rare; $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00

Pergamon, Mysia, c. 2nd Century B.C.

|Pergamon|, |Pergamon,| |Mysia,| |c.| |2nd| |Century| |B.C.||AE| |20|
Pergamon, Mysia was located to the northwest of the modern city of Bergama, Turkey, 16 miles (26 km) from the Aegean Sea on a promontory on the north side of the Caicus (Bakircay) River. It was the capital of the Kingdom of Pergamon under the Attalid dynasty, 281-133 B.C. Pergamon is cited in the book of Revelation as one of the seven churches of Asia.
GB112986. Bronze AE 20, SNG BnF 1875; SNGvA 1374; SNG Cop 396; BMC Mysia p. 131, 172, VF, nice green patina, old scrapes, die damage, weight 8.689 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 0o, Pergamon (Bergama, Turkey) mint, c. 2nd century B.C.; obverse head of Athena right wearing crested Corinthian helmet; reverse trophy of captured arms, NIKHΦOPOY (Victorious) downward on left, AΘHNAΣ (Athena) downward on right, Pergamon monogram lower right; $75.00 SALE PRICE $67.50

Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Attaea, Mysia

|Other| |Mysia|, |Trajan,| |25| |January| |98| |-| |8| |or| |9| |August| |117| |A.D.,| |Attaea,| |Mysia||AE| |17|
Attaea appears to be known only from its coinage. Its site is uncertain but, based on coin finds, may be Dikeliköy, Turkey.
RP113005. Bronze AE 17, RPC Online III 1756; SNG Cop 32; Von Fritze AMNG IV 368 - 373; BMC Mysia p. 15, 5; SNGvA 1073; SNG BnF -, VF, nice green patina, tight flan, weight 3.223 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 15o, Attaea (Dikeliköy, Turkey?) mint, obverse AY NEPBAC TPAIANOC, laureate head right; reverse ATTAEITΩN, draped, youthful bust of the Senate right, wearing taenia; ex Leu Numismatik web auction 24 (3 Dec 2022), lot 4995 (part of); $70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00

Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

|Probus|, |Probus,| |Summer| |276| |-| |September| |282| |A.D.||antoninianus|
In 280 A.D., Julius Saturninus, the governor of Syria, was declared emperor at Alexandria. He withdrew to Apamea where Probus besieged the city and put him to death.
RA112578. Billon antoninianus, Hunter IV 323 (also 5th officina); RIC V-2 907C; Pink VI-1 p. 43; SRCV III 11968 var. (...PROBVS AVG); Cohen VI 173 var. (same), VF, well centered, some mild corrosion, weight 3.784 g, maximum diameter 23.7 mm, die axis 0o, 5th officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, emission 3, 280 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CONCORDIA MILITVM (harmony with the soldiers), Victory on left, standing right, palm in left hand, with right hand presenting wreath to emperor, on right, standing left, holding spear in left hand, V low center, XXIMC in exergue; from the Collection of Dr. Jüregen Buschek; $70.00 SALE PRICE $56.00



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