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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 Cacus, 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.

Cornelia Supera, Wife of Aemilian, 253 A.D., Imitative of Parion, Mysia

|Cornelia| |Supera|, |Cornelia| |Supera,| |Wife| |of| |Aemilian,| |253| |A.D.,| |Imitative| |of| |Parion,| |Mysia||AE| |23|NEW
Cornelia Supera is unknown to history, except through her coins. Her coins indicate she was probably the wife of Aemilian.
SL112773. Bronze AE 23, For prototype, cf. RPC Online IX 382 (11 spec.), SNGvA 7448, BMC Mysia -, SNG Cop -, SNG BnF -, NGC Ch F (6827718-003), weight 3.943 g, maximum diameter 23.1 mm, die axis 45o, unofficial mint, 253 A.D.; obverse G CORN SUPERA AVG (or similar), diademed and draped bust right; reverse Capricorn right, cornucopia on back, globe between legs, C G I H P (blundered, Colonia Gemella Iulia Hadriana Pariana) below; NGC| Lookup; very rare; $500.00 SALE PRICE $450.00


Kyzikos, Mysia, c. 475 - 450 B.C.

|Cyzicus|, |Kyzikos,| |Mysia,| |c.| |475| |-| |450| |B.C.||obol|
During the Peloponnesian War 431-404 B.C. Cyzicus was subject to the Athenians and Lacedaemonians alternately. In the naval Battle of Cyzicus in 410, an Athenian fleet routed and completely destroyed a Spartan fleet. At the peace of Antalcidas in 387 B.C., like the other Greek cities in Asia, it was made over to Persia. Alexander the Great later captured it from the Persians in 334 B.C.
GA112693. Silver obol, SNG Tb 2228; SNG Cop 50; Klein 266; SNGvA 1215; BMC Mysia p. 35, 121; SNG Kayhan -, gVF, toned, weight 0.831 g, maximum diameter 9.4 mm, die axis 270o, Kyzikos (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, c. 475 - 450 B.C.; obverse forepart of boar running left, tall mane, dotted truncation, tunny fish upwards behind; reverse head of roaring lion left, bristling main, protruding tongue, backward K above left, all in incuse square; ex Savoca Numismatik auction 16 (25 June 2017), lot 145; $140.00 SALE PRICE $126.00


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 Dikeliky, 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 (Dikeliky, 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 Dikeliky, 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 (Dikeliky, 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


Tacitus, 25 September 275 - June 276 A.D.

|Tacitus|, |Tacitus,| |25| |September| |275| |-| |June| |276| |A.D.||aurelianus|NEW
Clementia was the goddess of forgiveness and mercy, which the Romans considered good traits for a caesar or emperor. In 44 B.C., a temple was consecrated to her by the Roman Senate, possibly at Julius Caesar's instigation. She was deified as a celebrated virtue of Julius Caesar, who was famed for his forbearance, especially following his civil war with Pompey from 49 B.C.
RA112892. Billon aurelianus, MER-RIC T3988 (4 specimens), BnF XII 425, Cohen VI 20, RIC V-1 -, Hunter IV -, Choice aVF, well centered, dark green patina, weight 3.847 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, Nov Dec 275; obverse IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse CLEMENTIA TEMP (time of peace and calm), Mars in military dress standing right, holding spear in left hand, giving globe to Emperor standing left holding long scepter in left hand, A low center, KA in exergue; first example of this type handled by Forum, zero sales of this type recorded on Coin Archives in the last two decades; 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 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, c. 475 - 450 B.C.

|Cyzicus|, |Kyzikos,| |Mysia,| |c.| |475| |-| |450| |B.C.||obol|
During the Peloponnesian War 431-404 B.C. Cyzicus was subject to the Athenians and Lacedaemonians alternately. In the naval Battle of Cyzicus in 410, an Athenian fleet routed and completely destroyed a Spartan fleet. At the peace of Antalcidas in 387 B.C., like the other Greek cities in Asia, it was made over to Persia. Alexander the Great later captured it from the Persians in 334 B.C.
GA111571. Silver obol, SNG Tb 2228; SNG Cop 50; Klein 266; SNGvA 1215; BMC Mysia p. 35, 121; SNG Kayhan -, VF, centered on a tight flan, die wear, marks, weight 0.786 g, maximum diameter 10.2 mm, die axis 210o, Kyzikos (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, c. 475 - 450 B.C.; obverse forepart of boar running left, tunny fish upwards behind; reverse head of roaring lion left, backward K above left, all in incuse square; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 124 (8 Jan 2023), lot 956 (part of); $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00


Kyzikos, Mysia, 600 - 480 B.C.

|Cyzicus|, |Kyzikos,| |Mysia,| |600| |-| |480| |B.C.||hemiobol|
Cyzicus was one of the great cities of the ancient world. During the Peloponnesian War (431-404 B.C.) Cyzicus was subject to the Athenians and Lacedaemonians alternately. In the naval Battle of Cyzicus in 410, an Athenian fleet completely destroyed a Spartan fleet. At the peace of Antalcidas in 387, like the other Greek cities in Asia, it was made over to Persia. Alexander the Great captured it from the Persians in 334 B.C.
GA111576. Silver hemiobol, cf. SNGvA 7324 (obol), Von Fritz II 2 (same), SNG BnF 356 (same, no fish below), SNG Tbingen 2208 (same), VF, toned, flan split/crack, weight 0.242 g, maximum diameter 8.8 mm, die axis 0o, Kyzikos (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 600 - 480 B.C.; obverse tunny fish head right, smaller tunny fish right below; reverse quadripartite incuse square; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 124 (8 Jan 2023), lot 956 (part of); $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00


Domitian, 13 September 81 - 18 September 96 A.D., Lampsakos, Mysia

|Lampsakos|, |Domitian,| |13| |September| |81| |-| |18| |September| |96| |A.D.,| |Lampsakos,| |Mysia
||AE| |16|
This type and a variety with the full ethnic were the only types struck at Lampsakos during the Flavian period.

In Greek mythology, Priapus was a minor rustic fertility god, protector of livestock, fruit plants, gardens and male genitalia. Priapus is marked by his oversized, permanent erection, which gave rise to the medical term priapism. He became a popular figure in Roman erotic art and Latin literature, and is the subject of the often humorously obscene collection of verse called the Priapeia.
RP111643. Bronze AE 16, RPC II 890 (3 spec.), SNG BnF 1270, SNG Cop 235, F/aF, green patina, corrosion, flaw in neck, edge split, weight 2.884 g, maximum diameter 16.0 mm, die axis 180o, Lampsakos (Lapseki, Turkey) mint, 13 Sep 81 - 18 Sep 96 A.D.; obverse ΔOMITIANOC KAICAPI, laureate head right; reverse statue of ithyphallic Priapos standing left on basis, ΛA-MKΨ in downward columns flanking statue; very rare; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00


Parion, Mysia, 5th Century B.C.

|Parium|, |Parion,| |Mysia,| |5th| |Century| |B.C.||drachm|
A Gorgoneion was a horror-creating apotropaic Gorgon head pendant. The name derives from the Greek word gorgs, which means "dreadful." The Gorgons were three sisters who had hair of living, venomous snakes, and a horrifying face that turned those who saw it to stone. Stheno and Euryale were immortal, but their sister Medusa was not, and was slain by Perseus. Zeus, Athena, Hellenistic kings and Roman emperors wore Gorgoneion for protection. Images of the Gorgons were also put upon objects and buildings for protection. A Gorgon image is at the center of the pediment of the temple at Corfu, the oldest stone pediment in Greece from about 600 B.C.
GA111671. Silver drachm, SNG BnF 1351, SNG Cop 256, SNGvA -, BMC Mysia -, aVF, ragged irregular flan, edge crack, weight 3.816 g, maximum diameter 14.3 mm, Parion (Kemer, Canakkale, Turkey) mint, 5th century B.C.; obverse gorgoneion (facing head of Medusa), with protruding tongue; reverse disorganized linear pattern within incuse square; ex Numismatic Naumann auction 122 (6 Nov 2022), lot 1389 (part of); $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00




  






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