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The cities of Asia Minor had  rivalries  suppressed since the days of the Persian Empire, but still very real. Under the Roman Empire these found their expression in civic prestige projects, including their coinage. Beginning about 180 this produced some fascinating numismatic issues, including spectacular medallic types.



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By 240 the military and economic difficulties of the Roman Empire, particularly resurgent Persian strength under the Sasanian kings,  severely affected these cities and the provincial mints began to close. By the accession of Claudius II (268) few were still coining, and apart from Alexandria in Egypt, no provincial mints were active after 276.
   

GI0877 0203 Domitian: AE 13 of Canata
$75.00
Obv. DOMITI KAICAP Laur. hd. L.
Rev. KANAT ZHP Turreted hd. of Tyche l.
1.37 g
Sear GI 877: Lindgren 2201, Hendin 841V. Rare. nearly VF

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GI1080 0569 Trajan: AE 27 of Laodicea ad Mare
$85.00
Obv. AYTOKP NEP TPAIANOC APICT KAIC CEB GEP ΔAK
Laur. hd. r.
Rev. IOYΛIEΩN TΩN KAI ΛAOΔIKEΩN GER
Veiled & turreted bust of Tyche r.
8.31 g
Sear GI 1080, SNGC 344-5
good F

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GI1489* 0323 Antoninus Pius: AR Didrachm of Caesaria
$60.00
Obv. AYTOKP ANTΩNEINOC CEBACTOC Laur. bust r.
Rev. YΠATOC B
Mt. Argaeus, nude figure atop 6.09 g
Sear GI 1489v; Syd. 296
small flan, otherwise nearly VF

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GI1495 0176 Antoninus Pius: AE 22 of Zeugma
$60.00
Obv. AYTO KAI TI AIΛ AΔΡI ANTONEINOC CEB EYCEBHC
Laur. hd. r. r.
Rev. ZEYΓMATEΩN H
Temple of Zeugma
7.13 g
Sear GI 1492; SNG Righetti 1847
uneven obv. strike, otherwise VF

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GI1865* 0330 Lucius Verus: AE 20 of Caesarea
$50.00
Obv. AYTOKPA OYHP CEBACTOC Laur. hd. r.
Rev. KAICAPEΩN T Π APΓAIO Mt. Argaios
6.85 g
Sear GI 1865v: Syd. 360v.; L. III, 951
nearly VF

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GI1865* 0331Antoninus Pius: AE 20 of Caesarea
$50.00
Obv. AYTO ANTΩNEINOC CEBACT Laur. hd. r.
Rev. KAICAPEΩN T Π APΓAIO Mt. Argaios
7.83 g
Sear GI 1849v: Syd. 310v.
nearly VF

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GI2040 0329 Commodus: AE 26 of Caesarea
$17.50
Obv. M KOMO ANTΩNINO
Laur., dr. & cuir. bust r.
Rev. MHTPOΠO KAICAPEIAC
Model of Mt. Argaeus placed on altar
16.42 g
Sear GI 2040; BMC 212; Syd. 374 attempted piercing, otherwise good F
Coins were often pierced in those days, however the purpose may not have been to wear them as pendants, since the piercing (as in this case) was often made at the bottom of the coin design. The actual reason for such non-suspension piercing is uncertain. It may perhaps be associated with affixing the coin to a shrine as an offering, or for other religious intentions.

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GI2221* 2760 Septimius Severus: AE 24 of Bruzus
$695.00
Obv. Laur. hd. r.
Rev. Zeus seated l.
6.94 g
Sear GI 2121v: BMC 8; ex Brian Kritt coll.
EF, superb contrasting patina. Extremely rare!

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GI2231* 3432 Septimius Severus: AE 24 of Antiochia, Pisidia
$175.00
Obv. IMP C L SEP SEVERVS Laur. hd. r.
Rev. ANTIOCH CENI COL CAES Tyche stg. l.
4.98 g
Sear GI 2231v; SNG France 1114
EF, nice contrasting patina.

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GI2264* 2748 Caracalla: AE 26 of Laodicea ad Libanum
$200.00
Obv. Laur. bust r.
Rev. Mn stg. l. hldg. horse by bridle
11.70 g
Sear GI2664v; SNGC 445; Lindg. III 1288; ex Kritt coll.
VF, nice contrasting patina. Very Rare

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GI2521* 0903 Caracalla: AE 28 of Nicaea
$85.00
Obv. ANTΩNEINOC AYΓOYCTOC
Rad. bust r., bearded
Rev. NIKAIEΩN
Dionysos(?) stg. l.
13.93 g
Sear GI2521v; RG 434v
obv. doubling, otherwise nearly VF/F
This Greek Imperial bronze coin has a very interesting
doubled portrait. The shift in this portrait is just what
would be expected if the portrait had been hubbed with
multiple strikes of the hubbing tool, and a shift had
occurred between strikes. This may well be evidence
that Roman mints created portraits in their dies by
hubbing(impressing a design into soft metal). Rare and
historical.
Featured on the Classical Coins website:
http://www.classicalcoins.com/dies.html

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GI2585 0179 Caracalla: AE 25 of Kidyessus, Phrygia
$85.00
Obv. Laur. & cuir. bust r.
Rev. Tyche stg. l.
9.41 g
Sear GI 2585; BMC 6
pitted, otherwise VF. Rare city.

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GI2595 2739 Caracalla: AE 23 of Peltae in Phrygia
$175.00
Obv. Laur. bust r.
Rev. Tyche stg. l.
5.21 g
Sear GI 2595; BMC 26v; v. Aulock 8434v. Ex Brian Kritt collection
nearly EF, fine contrasting patina

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GI3098 0167 Elagabalus: AE 20 of Antioch
$75.00
Obv. Laur. bust r.
Rev. -- Large S C in wreath
4.90 g
Sear GI 3098; SNGC 245 nearly VF

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GI3385* 2877 Severus Alexander: AE 27 of Caesarea
$115.00
Obv. Laur. bust r.
Rev. Mt. Argaeus surmounted by wreath
13.28 g
Sear GI3366v; Syd. 35
VF, contrasting dark green patina

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GI3761* 0927 Gordian III: AE 35 of Antiocheia
$125.00
Obv. IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG
Laur. & dr. bust r.
Rev. CAES ANTIOCH COL / S.R.
Wolf stg. r. suckling twins
26.80 g
Sear 3761v; SNGC 69
sl. uneven rev., otherwise nearly VF, better than SNGC specimen

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GI3797* 0954 Gordian III & Tranquillina: AE 24 of Anchialos
$75.00
Obv. AVT K M ANT ΓOΡΔIANOC AVΓ CAB TΡANKVILLINA
Confronted busts of Gordian and Tranquillina
Rev. OVΛΠIANΩN AΓXIAΛEΩN
Tyche stg. facing
11.90 g
Sear GI 3797v; Strack 676
uneven strike, otherwise VF

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GI3936 2745 Philip I: AE 25 of Antioch (Pisidia)
$150.00
Obv. IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS P F AVG Laur. & dr. bust r.
Rev. ANTIOCHI COL S R Vexillum betw. 2 standards
8.77 g
Sear GI 3936v: BMC 118. ex Brian Kritt collection
gVF, contrasting. patina

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GI4147 0464 Philip II: AE 30 of Antioch
$65.00
Obv. AYTOK K M IOYLI ΦIΛIΠΠOC CEB
Laur. & dr. bust r.
Rev. ANTIOΧEΩN MHTΡO ΧOΛΩN
Bust of Tyche r., ram above
15.84 g
Sear GI 4147: SNGC 278
nearly VF

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GI4917 0351 Gallienus: AE 20 of Colonia Alexandria Troas
$75.00
Obv. IMP GALLIENVS A Laur. & dr. bust r..
Rev. CO AVG TRO Horse grazing r.
4.41 g
Sear GI 4555v; SNGC 205
slight roughness, otherwise VF


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GI4917 3435 Colonia Alexandria Troas: AE 22
$100.00
Obv. CO TROAD Bust of Tyche r.
Rev. COL AVG TRO Horse grazing r.
6.91 g
Sear GI 4917: BMC 50 nEF, contrasting dusty patina

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GI4918 2261 Colonia Alexandria Troas: AE 20
$75.00
Obv. COL TROA Bust of Tyche r.
Rev. CO AV TROA Eagle r., bull in talons
5.87 g
Sear GI 4918; BMC 50
some legend weakness, oth. gVF

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