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Syria, &c.

(α) The Seleucid Kings

[P. Gardner, Brit. Mus. Cat., Seleucid Kings of Syria, 1879. Sir E. Bunbury, Unpublished Coins of the Kings of Syria in Num. Chron., 1883, pp. 65 ff. E. Babelon, Les Rois de Syrie, &c. (Paris Coll.), 1890. F. Imhoof-Blumer, Die Münzstätte Babylon, &c., in Num. Zeit., 1895, pp. 1 ff. G. Macdonald, Hunter Cat., Vol. iii, 1905, pp. 5-117, and Early Seleucid Portraits in Journ. Hellen. Stud., 1903, pp. 92 ff., and 1907, pp. 145 ff.]

Owing to the similarity of names and to the extreme difficulty of distinguishing some of the portraits, the long and interesting series of the coins of the kings of Syria is still in part but imperfectly classified. Not until the reign of Antiochus IV (Epiphanes), when titles begin to be employed, are we on firm ground historically.[1] In particular, the attri- bution of much of the early Æ remains highly conjectural.

Seleucus I (Nicator), B.C. 312-280, was the founder of the dynasty. He had been one of Alexander’s principal officers, and was appointed satrap of Babylon by the regent Antipater in B.C. 321. Expelled by

1 Even in the later period confusion is caused by some kings continuing to use obverse dies bearing the portraits of their predecessors.

Antigonus five years later, he fled to Egypt, where Ptolemy gave him command of his fleet. In B.C. 312, after the victory of Gaza, he recovered his old satrapy. It was from the autumn of this year that the era of the Seleucidae was subsequently reckoned. Once re-established in Babylon, Seleucus embarked on a succession of campaigns which ultimately left him master of the whole Asiatic empire of Alexander, from the Aegean to the Indus (B.C. 282). In B.C. 306, following the example of the other Diadochi, he had assumed the title βασιλευς. The frequency with which elephants figure on his coins illustrates the drunken jest of Demetrius and his courtiers who dubbed him ελεφανταρχης (Plut., Demetr., 25). Regarding the anchor, which he is said to have used also as his signet, see Justin, xv. 4, and Appian, Syr., 56; and cf. Svoronos, Νομ. των Πτολ. i. p. ρα', and iv. p. 44, where it is suggested that it may be a reminiscence of his service as Ptolemy’s admiral. His most characteristic device is, however, the head of a horned horse. The horns, which are probably emblematic of divine strength (cf. Appian, l. c.), reappear on his own head, on his helmet, and very often on the heads of the elephants.


For anonymous coins attributed to Seleucus as satrap see under Babylon (infra, p. 816). Prior to B.C. 306 his currency consisted largely of AV and AR with the name and types of Alexander, his issues being some- times distinguished by an anchor as adjunct symbol (Müller, Nos. 1355-9 and 1491-1514). The following remarkable pieces, with Ptolemaic obverse, seem to be connected with his stay in Egypt :—AV Double- staters, anonymous, obv. Head of Alexander in elephant-skin, and rev. Nike, with head of horned horse in the field; Æ. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Similar types or, sometimes, rev. Anchor (Svoronos, Νομ. των Πτολ., Pl. I. 29-35). The corresponding AR bore Alexander’s name and types (Müller, No. 1487). Alexandrine types continued to be employed by Seleucus for various denominations, including the obol (N. C., 1900, p. 293), down to the very end of his reign; tetradrachms minted at Pergamum cannot be earlier than circ. B.C. 284 (Imhoof, Dyn. von Pergamon, pp. 15 f.). But after B.C. 306 his own name, generally accompanied by ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ, was usually (though not invariably) sub- stituted for that of Alexander. Other innovations appeared. On a good many specimens Zeus holds Nike instead of eagle, while on the Dr. and ½ Dr. of one series the figure of Seleucus, wearing horned helmet and mounted on horned horse, replaces the seated Zeus (N. Z., 1895, p. 15). This tendency to modification found more decided expression in completely new types, the Attic weight of Alexander's coinage being maintained. All have inscr. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΕΛΕΥΚΟΥ. The following were probably the earliest :—

Head of Apollo. [N. Z., 1895, Pl. II. 6, and 1901, Pl. I. 1.] Artemis shooting, in car drawn by two horned elephants.
AV Stater
Head of Zeus. [B. M. C., Pl. I. 8.] Athena fighting, in similar car.
AR Tetradr., Dr., ½ Dr., and Obol
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. I. 7.] Similar; car has four horned elephants.
AR Tetradr. and Dr.
Head of Athena. [Imhoof, Zur gr. und röm. Münzkunde, Pl. VIII. 21.] Head of elephant.
AR Drachm [Vienna] and Obol

Most of the preceding have symbols, monograms, or letters on the rev. They fall naturally into groups, indicating that they were struck over

a considerable length of time and at more than one mint. Thus, the combined evidence of fabric, provenance, and die-position (see Corolla Num., pp. 184 ff.) shows that not a few are of Bactrian or Indian origin, notably those with a monogram on the obv. The same is probably true of others:—

Head of Seleucus, with bull’s horn. [B. M. C., Pl. I. 6.] Head of bridled horse, with horns and plume.
AV Stater and AR Tetradr.

In all likelihood the types just described were introduced towards the close of the reign of Seleucus; his successor adopted them. On the other hand, a series with rev. recalling the coinage of Agathocles (p. 181) may have begun after the victory of Ipsus (B.C. 301) :—

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FIG. 332.

Head of Seleucus, idealized, in helmet ornamented with bull’s horn and covered with panther’s skin. Nike crowning trophy (Fig. 332).
AR Tetradr., Dr., and ½ Dr.
Id. [Philipsen Coll.] Id., without ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ.
AR Obol

The foregoing, which are not distinctively Eastern, seem to represent the Syrian mintage of Seleucus after the transference of his capital to Antioch (cf. N. Z., 1895, p. 17). At the same time they must have been well known beyond the Euphrates, for barbarous imitations come from Baluchistan (see infra under Antiochus I). The remaining AR of Seleucus may have been struck in Central Asia, the head of the horned horse being particularly associated with the East:—

Head of bridled horse, with horns. [Babelon, Rois, Pl. II. 9.] Elephant walking.
AR Tetradrachm
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. II. 1.] Anchor.
AR Drachm
Id. [Babelon, Rois, Pl. II. 11.] Bow and quiver.
AR Diobol
Tripod. [B. M. C., Pl. II. 2.] Anchor.
AR Obol
Id. [Berlin.] Bow and quiver.
AR Obol

The Æ coins are numerous and varied; for details see London, Paris, and Hunter Catalogues. Some of the types resemble those of the AR, but the array of obverses with facing heads is remarkable.

Antiochus I (Soter), called βασιλευς in the cuneiform inscriptions of Babylon at least as early as B.C. 289, was associated with his father in the government circ. B.C. 293-281, the provinces beyond the Euphrates being committed to his care. To this period doubtless belong the AR coins with ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΕΛΕΥΚΟΥ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ. ‘Antiochus, son of

King Seleucus.’ They are of Bactrian or Indian provenance, and are either (α) tetradrachms with Alexandrine types (N. C., 1880. Pl. X. 2) or (β) tetradrachms, drachms, and hemidrachms with types of Seleucus; obv. Head of Zeus, rev. Athena in elephant-car (N. C., 1879, Pl. I. 4). The latter are not on the usual Attic standard,[1] but on a form of the light Phoenician, which we know on other grounds to have been used in India in early times (N. C., 1906, p. 9). Rare drachms of class (β) with ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ ΣΕΛΕΥΚΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ (N. C., 1906, Pl. II. 14) must have been struck after Antiochus actually became βασιλευς.


It is quite possible that among the many coins inscribed ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ there may be some that were issued by Antiochus I as viceroy of the East; this is notably so with those that have his father's head on the obv. The great majority must, however, have been struck during his own tenure of the supreme power, B.C. 281-261. All are of Attic weight. Alexandrine types are found both on AV (Hunter Cat., iii, Pl. LXIII. 21) and on AR (tetradrachms, drachms, and hemidrachms). Nor were the characteristic types of Seleucus abandoned, all the coins on which these appear being seemingly of Central Asian origin [2]:—

Head of Seleucus I, with bull’s horn.
[Hunter Cat., iii. Pl. LXIII. 20.]
Head of horned horse.
AR Tetradr.
Head of Antiochus I.
[B. M. C., Pl. XXVIII. 15.]
AV Stater, AR Tetradr., Dr., ½ Dr., and Obol [Petrowicz Coll.]
Helmeted head: barbarous.
[N. C., 1904, Pl. XVII. 1-7.]
Nike crowning trophy: barbarous.
AR Dr., ½ Dr., and Obol

After his death Antiochus I was deified as ‘Αντιοχος ‘Απολλων Σωτηρ (C. I. G., 4458), a circumstance that throws some light on the most noteworthy type he introduced—Apollo on the omphalos.

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FIG. 333.

Head of Seleucus I, with bull’s horn. [N. C., 1883, Pl. IV. 1.] Apollo, naked, seated on omphalos, look- ing along bow.
AR Tetradr.
Head of Antiochus I (cf. Fig. 333). Similar; but Apollo looks along arrow.
AV Stater, AR Tetradr. and Dr.

The latter variety of rev. is the one which became conventional, but sometimes Apollo holds two or three arrows, as he does on Fig. 333. Differences of style and fabric prove that coins with this rev. were minted at various widely separated centres. But it is remarkable that

1 The average weight of seven tetradrachms is 212.5 grs., the maximum 214.5.
2 The barbarous imitations of Fig. 332 come from Baluchistan (N. C., 1904, pp. 317 f.).

the whole of the AV seems to come from the far East (J. H. S., xxiii. p. 108). The portraits of Antiochus show him at various ages. On rare tetra- drachms with ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ he appears as an old man with sharply-defined features and deep-set eyes (Hunter Cat., iii, Pl. LXIV. 4). These, and Æ with the same inscr., were issued towards the end of his reign when he assumed the title Soter in honour of a victory over the Galatai (Appian, Syr., 65). The following, which has the usual inscr. and the mint-mark of Cyme in Aeolis, belongs to the same period (J. H. S., xxvii. p. 147) :—

Head of Antiochus I.
[J. H. S., xxvii. Pl. XIII. 5.]
Herakles seated on rock; in field, one- handled vase.
AR Tetradr.

The Æ coinage of Antiochus I, like that of his father, presents many varieties; see London and Paris Catalogues, and, regarding the denominations, Hunter Cat., iii. p. 15.

Seleucus, son of Antiochus I, appears as βασιλευς in the cuneiform inscriptions of Babylon from B.C. 275 to 269, when he held the vice- royalty of the East. No coins can be identified with certainty as his; see, however, J. H. S., xxiii. p. 110.

Antiochus II (Theos) ruled jointly with Antiochus I, circ. B.C. 266- 261; alone, B.C. 261-246. Inscr., ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ. Wt., Attic. A head formerly supposed to be that of Antiochus Hierax or of Antiochus III is apparently that of Antiochus II (J. H. S., xxiii. Pl. I. 3 and 5). Characteristic likenesses, whose identity is absolutely certain, occur also on the better executed among the following, all struck about the beginning of the reign at Cyme, Myrina, or Phocaea (J. H. S., xxvii. pp. 145 ff.):—

Head of Antiochus II. [Op. cit., Pl. XIII. 7-14, and Pl. XIV. 4-13.] Herakles seated on rock; mint-marks.
AR Tetradrachm


Other varieties of portrait attach themselves more or less closely to those already mentioned, while others again have become associated with Antiochus II simply because they obviously do not represent either his father or his grandson. A remarkable AV stater has: obv. Head of Antiochus II, rev. Athena Nikephoros (Babelon, Rois, Pl. VI. 1). But the usual types are :—

Head of Antiochus II.
[B. M. C., Pl. V. 1 ff.]
Apollo seated on omphalos.
AV Stater, AR Tetradr., and Dr.

Regarding the variations of this rev. see Babelon, Rois, p. lxii. On one set of tetradrachms (J. H. S., xxiii. Pls. I and II), struck chiefly at Alexandreia Troas, the king’s diadem is winged, a peculiarity which is local, not personal (op. cit., p. 102). On the majority of these, as well as on a certain number of other specimens, the head itself is idealized, perhaps an indication that they were struck after Antiochus was dead; see infra under Antiochus Hierax. All such pieces seem to have been minted in Western Asia Minor (op. cit., p. 116). On the other hand, the

whole of the AV with the seated Apollo probably comes from Bactria (op. cit., p. 108), where, however, if iconography can be trusted, the peculiarly Eastern type of Seleucus I also survived :—

Head of Antiochus II.
[N. C., 1881, Pl. II. 5-7.]
Head of bridled horse, with horns and plume.
AV Stater, AR Tetradr. and Dr.

During the reign of Antiochus II Bactria, under Diodotus, revolted against Seleucid rule. Before the revolt the vassal may have placed his own portrait on the obv. of certain AV and AR coins with rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ, Zeus hurling fulmen (B. M. C., Pl. V. 7). At all events, portrait and type are identical with those that afterwards appear on the independent money of Diodotus. For Æ of Antiochus II see Hunter Cat., iii. pp. 22 f.

Seleucus II (Callinicus, Pogon), B.C. 246-226. Inscr., ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΕΛΕΥΚΟΥ. Wt., Attic.


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FIG. 334.

Head of Seleucus II, sometimes with slight whisker.
[Hunter Cat., iii. Pl. LXIV. 18.]
Apollo, naked, standing leaning on bow.
AV Stater, AR Dr., and Æ
Head of Athena, in close helmet. Id. [B. M. C., Pl. VI. 6].
AR Dr. and Æ
Head of Seleucus II, rarely with slight whisker. (Fig. 334.) Apollo, naked, standing leaning on tripod.
AR Tetradr., Dr., and Æ
Head of Seleucus II, bearded (Πωγων, cf. Polybius, ii. 71). Id. [N. C., 1886, Pl. XI. 18, and B. M. C., Pl. VI. 14].
AR Tetradrachm

The exceptional attitude here assumed by Apollo may be due to the conventional type having been usurped by Hierax (Six, N. C., 1898, p. 235). For other varieties, particularly of Æ, see Imhoof, Monn. gr., pp. 426 f., and also London, Paris, and Hunter Catalogues.

Antiochus Hierax, B.C. 246-227, revolted from his brother Seleucus II, and declared himself king of Asia Minor. It is probable that some of the tetradrachms with rev. Apollo on omphalos, and inscr. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ, were really issued by him. The probability is strongest in the case of those that bear an idealized head of his father, Antiochus II, and the mint-marks of cities like Alexandreia Troas, Cyzicus, Lampsacus, and Abydus (J. H. S., xxiii. p. 116). Various attempts to identify his own portrait have also been made (Bunbury, N. C., 1883, p. 83; Babelon, Rois, p. lxxii; Macdonald, J. H. S., xxiii. p. 114).


Seleucus III (Soter, Keraunos), B.C. 226-223, eldest son of Seleucus II. Inscr., ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΕΛΕΥΚΟΥ. Wt., Attic.


Head of Seleucus III, with slight whisker. [B. M. C., Pl. VII. 6 f.] Apollo on omphalos, sometimes with l. elbow on tripod.
AR Tetradr., Dr., and Æ

Other varieties of Æ are more doubtfully assigned to this king.

Antiochus III (the Great). B.C. 223-187, second son of Seleucus II, regained much of the territory that his predecessors had lost. Owing to the extent of his dominions and the length of his reign, his coins exhibit great differences in style and fabric. Inscr., ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ. Wt., Attic. The usual rev. type is the traditional one :—

Head of Antiochus III, rarely with slight whisker.
[Hunter Cat., iii. Pl. LXV. 6.]
Apollo on omphalos.
AV Octadr., Stater, AR Tetradr., Dr.


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FIG. 335.

The AV octadrachms (Fig. 335), which weigh 528.5 grs. max., were issued at two distinct periods (Hunter Cat., iii. p. 30). A standard portrait is furnished by dated Æ struck in Phoenicia. Many varieties, however, occur on the AR, and identity is sometimes doubtful. On the coins of one well-marked group (cf. Fig. 335) one end of the diadem usually falls forward over the shoulder, while the obv. has a fillet- border. These are probably Syrian (Hunter Cat., iii. p. 31). Others, which show the king with thin, sharp features and elongated neck, are generally classed as Bactrian (N. C., 1883, p. 93, Pl. V. 8 f.). A minority appear to be certainly of Asia Minor (B. M. C., Pl. VIII. 6) or of Phoenicia (Babelon, Rois, Nos. 344 f.). On the following, which are much less common, the portrait sometimes approximates to the ‘Bactrian’ model :—

Head of Antiochus III.
[Babelon, Rois, Pl. X. 1-3.]
AV Stater, AR Tetradr. and Dr.

The types of the Æ are very varied (Babelon, Rois, Pls. X and XI), and the serrated edge is now first met with. Some numismatists recognize the head of Antiochus III on coins struck at various European mints (B. M. C., Pl. XXVIII. 2-4; Babelon, Rois, pp. lxxxii f.).

Molon, B.C. 221-220, satrap of Media, revolted from Antiochus and struck Æ with inscr., ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΟΛΩΝΟΣ.


Head of Zeus. [B. M. C., Pl. X. 1.] Apollo Musegetes.
Æ .85
Head of Apollo. [B. M. C., Pl. X. 2.] Nike, crowning name of Molon.
Æ .75

Achaeus, B.C. 221-214, was either cousin or uncle of Antiochus III, who made him governor of Asia Minor ‘cis Taurum’. Goaded into rebellion by the court-intrigues of Hermeias, he proclaimed himself king, with Sardes as his capital, but was captured and slain after a two years’ siege. Inscr., ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΧΑΙΟΥ, rarely abbreviated.


Head of Achaeus. [Munich: Imhoof, Porträtköpfe, Pl. III. 19.] Athena Promachos; in field, head of horse.
AV Stater
Id. (?). [Babelon, Rois, p. lxxxviii.] Apollo standing, with arrow.
Æ .65
Head of Apollo. [B. M. C., Pl. X. 3.] Eagle, with palm or wreath.
Æ .75
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. X. 4.] Tripod.
Æ .45
Id. [Babelon, Rois, Pl. XI. 12.] Head of horse.
Æ .4

Seleucus IV (Philopator), B.C. 187-175. Inscr, ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΕΛΕΥΚΟΥ. Wt., Attic. The AR coins of this king are tetradrachms and drachms, with rev. Apollo on omphalos. The former fall into two groups, a large one with fillet-border on obv., and a much smaller one with border of dots. Here again, as in the case of his father, a standard portrait is furnished by dated Æ coins of Phoenicia. The ordinary rev. of these is the stern of a galley (Hunter Cat., iii. Pl. LXVI. 5), but one very rare variety has a lyre and the title ΦΙΛΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ. For Æ with serrated edges see Hunter Cat., iii. pp. 39 f. Cf. also Babelon, Rois, pp. xci and 64 ff.


Antiochus IV (Epiphanes), B.C. 175-164, a younger son of Antio- chus III, seized the throne upon his brother’s death. Inscr., ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ, either alone or with ΘΕΟΥ (Babelon, Rois, Pl. XII. 5), ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ, ΘΕΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ, ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΝΙΚΗΦΟΡΟΥ, or ΘΕΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΝΙΚΗΦΟΡΟΥ. Wt., Attic. Few of the portraits of this king present a genuine likeness; see Babelon, Rois, p. xciii. For the most part the head is idealized as befits a ‘god incarnate’. The occa- sional appearance of a star above it on the tetradrachms, or of twin stars at the ends of the diadem, also indicates deification, while the diadem itself is often radiate on the smaller AR and usually so on the Æ.[1] The predominance of the fillet-border is even more decided than it had been in the previous reign. Henceforward the border of dots hardly occurs on Seleucid tetradrachms, always excepting those of Phoenician weight, where it is never absent. The traditional Seleucid rev. seems to have been used throughout the reign, being found with all forms of inscr.:—

Head of Antiochus IV.
[B. M. C., Pl. XI. 1-5.]
Apollo on omphalos.
AR Tetradr., Dr., Æ


There are other types which never have the simple ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ:—

Head of Antiochus IV.
[Babelon, Rois, Pl. XII. 9 f.]
Zeus Nikephoros enthroned.
AV Stater, AR Tetradr., Æ
Id. [Op. cit., Pl. XII. 7.] Aegis (cf. Paus. v. 12. 4).
AR ½ Dr., Æ
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. XI. 6.] Tripod-lebes.
AR Diobol

Two rare varieties, both probably reproducing statues (cf. Babelon, Rois, pp. xciv ff.), are associated only with the longest inscr. :—

1 The radiate diadem also occurs on a very remarkable AR tetradrachm formerly in the O'Hagan Collection (Sale-Cat., Pl. XI, No. 663).

Head of Zeus. [B. M. C., Pl. XI. 9.] Zeus Nikephoros enthroned.
AR Tetradr.
Head of Apollo.
[Babelon, Rois, Pl. XII. 12.]
Apollo Musegetes.
AR Tetradr.

A notable episode in the reign of Antiochus IV was his invasion of Egypt (B.C. 170-168). With this the following are evidently connected :— unique AR drachm (Hunter Cat., iii. Pl. LXVI. 19) and five denominations of Ptolemaic Æ (Svoronos, Νομ. των Πτολ., Pl. XLVIII. 1-5), all with rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ ΘΕΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ, Eagle on thunderbolt; also unique Æ with rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ, Two eagles on thunderbolt (op. cit., Pl. XLVIII. 7).[1] For details as to the ordinary Æ of Antiochus IV see London, Paris, and Hunter Catalogues. The occurrence of value-marks (= 1, 2, or 4 chalkoi) deserves mention; see Imhoof, Z. f. N., iii. pp. 347 ff. Occasion- ally the mint can be determined by the type. But the most remarkable feature is the inauguration of an extensive system of municipal coinage, with head of king on obv. and city-name on rev. It falls into two classes :— (α) With royal name: struck at Gebal (Byblus), Laodiceia in Canaan (Berytus), Sidon, Tyre, and Ascalon. The city-name is usually in Phoenician script, but sometimes in Greek and sometimes also in both. [B. M. C., Pl. XII. 14-16.] (β) Without royal name: struck at Aegeae, Alexandreia ad Issum, Antiocheia ad Sarum (Adana), Hieropolis, and Seleuceia ad Pyramum (Mopsus)—all in Cilicia; and also at Hieropolis in Cyrrhestica, Antiocheia ad Daphnen, Antiocheia in Ptolemais (Ace), Tripolis, Antiocheia ad Callirhoen (Edessa), Apameia in Syria, Laodiceia ad Mare, Seleuceia in Pieria, and Antiocheia in Mygdonia (Nisibis, infra, p. 815). [B. M. C., Pl. XIII. 1-8.] A coin of Tripolis has jugate heads of king and queen.

Antiochus V (Eupator), B.C. 164-162, had been made βασιλευς in 170 B.C., when his father set out for Egypt. He was then but three years old, and he may well be the child whose head appears on AR tetra- drachms with rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ, Apollo on omphalos (Six, N. C., 1897, pp. 215 f.; Macdonald, J. H. S., xxiii. p. 113). These were formerly attributed to a mythical son of Seleucus II, but seem certainly to belong to the early part of the second century B.C. The ordinary AR of Antiochus consists of Attic tetradrachms and drachms with inscr. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ ΕΥΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ. Rev. either Apollo on ompha- los, or Zeus seated (B. M. C., Pl. XIII. 11-14). For AV octadrachm with the latter type see Friedlaender and von Sallet, Das Königl. Münzkab., No. 426. The Berlin Museum likewise possesses a highly interesting AR tetradrachm with rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ ΕΥΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ, Ptolemaic eagle upon thunderbolt. Unfortunately it is plated, so that the standard cannot be determined. But in any event it forms an important link between the money struck by Antiochus IV in Egypt and the systematic issue of Seleucid coins on the Phoenician system, afterwards inaugurated by Alexander I (q. v.). The rare Æ of Antiochus V includes municipal of Gebal (Byblus) and of Tripolis.


1 Is it possible that the very rare AV staters of Antiochus IV form part of the spoils of Egypt? Polybius (xxviii. 17) records that the king presented ‘a gold piece’ to each of the Greek inhabitants of Naucratis.


Demetrius I (Soter), B.C. 162-150, was the son of Seleucus IV. Inscr., ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ, either alone or with ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ. AR tetra- drachms, drachms, diobols, and obols have rev. Apollo on omphalos (B. M. C., Pl. XIV. 3 and 5). But novel types are more common:—

Head of Demetrius I. [B. M. C., Pl. XIV. 1 f.; cf. Imhoof, Monn. gr., p. 432.] Tyche enthroned, holding sceptre and cornucopiae.
AR Tetradr., Dr.
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. XIV. 4.] Cornucopiae.
AR Drachm


There are other changes. The fillet-border on the obv. is often replaced by a laurel-wreath, while dates (hitherto confined to Phoenician Æ) become frequent. The monograms on the rev. also lend themselves more readily to interpretation as mint-marks, although some of the attribu- tions made on this basis are doubtful. Barbarous imitations of the drachm with rev. Cornucopiae are fairly numerous. The weight of the AR is Attic, but there are very rare AV coins (Babelon, Rois, p. cxx, Pl. XVII. 1), with obv. Tyche enthroned and rev. Ptolemaic double cornucopiae, struck on a different standard, perhaps the Phoenician. Besides municipal Æ of Tyre and of Sidon (B. M. C., Pl. XIV. 6-8), there are several varieties of ordinary Æ. Conspicuous among these are some with heads of animals (B. M. C., Pl. XIV. 12-15); the king was a mighty hunter (Polybius, xxxi. 22. 3).

Demetrius married his sister Laodice, widow of Perseus of Macedon, and the heads of king and queen appear jugate on AR tetradrachms with rev. Tyche enthroned (B. M. C., Pl. XV. 1 f.); also on Æ with rev. Nike (Babelon, Rois, Pl. XVII. 7).

Timarchus, B.C. 162, satrap of Babylon, declined to acknowledge Demetrius, and issued coins in his own name. Inscr., ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΤΙΜΑΡΧΟΥ, an Oriental form of title, used at this time in Parthia and also by Eucratides of Bactria, from whose coins the types of the tetradrachm are borrowed (see infra, p. 839). Wt., Attic.


Head of Timarchus.
[Babelon, Rois, p. cxv.]
Nike in galloping quadriga.
AV Stater
Helmeted bust. [E. F. Weber, Sale-Cat., Pl. LIII, No. 4078.] The Dioskuri charging.
AR Tetradr.
Head of Timarchus. [B. M. C., Pl. XXVIII. 6.] Artemis, with bow and arrow.
AR Drachm
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. XV. 3.] Nike, with wreath and palm.
Æ 1.35

Alexander I (Bala), B.C. 150-145, was a usurper who professed to be the son of Antiochus IV. Inscr., ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, either alone or with ΘΕΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ, ΕΥΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ (Hunter Cat. iii. p. 61, note), or ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΝΙΚΗΦΟΡΟΥ (Babelon, Rois, Pl. XVIII. 8), all reminiscent of his pretended parentage. One series is very com- plete :—

Head of Alexander I.
[Babelon, Rois, Pl. XVII. 9 f.]
Zeus Nikephoros enthroned.
AV Stater, AR Tetradr.
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. XVI. 2.] Apollo on omphalos.
AR Drachm
Id., radiate. [B. M. C., Pl. XVI. 3.] Apollo standing.
AR ½ Dr.
Id.; no rays.
[Babelon, Rois, Pl. XVII. 13.]
AR Diobol


Other varieties can sometimes be associated with particular mints :—

Head of Alexander I.
[B. M. C., Pl. XV. 6.]
Zeus enthroned, holding fulmen (Sidon).
AR Tetradr.
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. XV. 5.] Athena Nikephoros standing.
AR Tetradr.
Id. [Babelon, Rois, Pl. XVII. 8.] Tyche Nikephoros seated.
AR Tetradr.
Id. [Imhoof, Monn. gr., p. 433.] Sandan on lion (Tarsus).
AR Drachm
Head of Zeus. [B. M. C., Pl. XVI. 1.] Thunderbolt within wreath (Seleuceia in Pieria).
AR Tetradr.

Many of the preceding are dated. All are of Attic weight. But the reign of Alexander witnessed a fresh departure—the systematic striking,

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FIG. 336.

in the Phoenician cities, of AR tetradrachms, didrachms (rare), and drachms (very rare), on the Phoenician standard: obv. Head of Seleucid king; rev. Eagle (Fig. 336). Certain characteristics of these may be noted here. (1) They are always dated.[1] (2) They never bear any title except the simple ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ, the exceptions that prove the rule being the pieces struck by Tryphon (q.v.). (3) They follow the Ptolemaic convention in having the title placed on the right-hand side of the coin.[2] (4) The border of dots is constant on obv. and rev. Berytus, Ptolemais (Ace), Sidon and Tyre are known to have minted coins of this class with the head of Alexander I. The characteristics noted above, as well as the weight and the rev. type, indicate strong Egyptian influence. As a matter of fact, the pretender owed his throne largely to Ptolemy Philometor, whose daughter Cleopatra he married. Her bust appears jugate with his own on excessively rare AR Attic tetra- drachms, rev. Zeus seated, holding Nike, who carries thunderbolt (Wroth, N. C., 1904, pp. 307 ff., Pl. XV. 11); also on Æ, rev. Cornucopiae (B. M. C., Pl. XVII. 6).

»BMC (Tryphon) »WW »SNG B »ANS

For details as to the abundant and varied Æ of Alexander I see London, Paris, and Hunter Catalogues. Many pieces have the serrated edge. A few are dated, and some have value-marks. Of special interest is the revival of the municipal coinage inaugurated by Antiochus IV (q. v.). Thus, coins of class (α) were struck at Berytus, Gebal (Byblus),

1 Coincidences of date and mint-mark in this and subsequent reigns show they were not intended to supersede the AR of Attic weight. Both kinds of money were issued simultaneously at the same cities. Except on the coins of Tryphon (q.v.) the dates are reckoned from the Seleucid era.

2 That the title was nevertheless meant to be read first is clear from the coins of Cleopatra and Antiochus VIII, and also from those of Tryphon.

Ascalon, and Sidon; coins of class (β) at Cyrrhus, Antioch, Apameia, Laodiceia ad Mare, and Seleuceia in Pieria.

Demetrius II (Nicator), B.C. 146-140 (first reign), son of Demetrius I, seized the kingdom with the aid of Ptolemy, who had quarrelled with Alexander and who now transferred Cleopatra to the new ruler. Inscr., ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ, either alone or with ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ, ΘΕΟΥ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ, ΦΙΛΑΔΕΛΦΟΥ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ, ΘΕΟΥ ΦΙΛΑΔΕΛΦΟΥ, or ΘΕΟΥ ΦΙΛΑΔΕΛΦΟΥ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ. For AV double-stater of Phoeni- cian weight, rev. Anchor, said to be of Persian provenance, see Walcher de Molthein, Cat., Pl. XXVII, No. 2979. AR of Phoenician weight, rev. Eagle, were struck at Berytus, Sidon, and Tyre. The types of the Attic AR are very various. The following apparently form a series :—

Head of Demetrius II.
[B. M. C., Pl. XVII. 8, 11.]
Apollo on omphalos.
AR Tetradr., Dr., Obol
Id. [Imhoof, Monn. gr., p. 435.] Apollo standing.
AR ½ Dr.
Id. [Babelon, Rois, Pl. XIX. 5.] Ear of corn on stalk.
AR Diobol


A very rare variety of the tetradrachm (Babelon, Rois, Pl. XIX. 16) has a laurel-wreath in place of the usual fillet-border on the obv., a reminis- cence of the coinage of Demetrius I (q. v.). This is also recalled by the rare tetradrachm with rev. Tyche enthroned (B. M. C., Pl. XVIII. 2), to which belongs a drachm with rev. Zeus enthroned (ibid., 3). Other rev. types are—on tetradrachms (ibid., 1, 11, and 12): Athena Magarsis (Mallus), Zeus Nikephoros enthroned, Athena Nikephoros standing; and on drachms (Babelon, Rois, Pl. XIX. 4 and 6): Cornucopiae and Anchor. The Æ coins (not always easily distinguished from those of the second reign) are numerous, and include municipal of Berytus and of Tyre; see London and Hunter Catalogues.

The footing of Demetrius had never been other than precarious. Ulti- mately he withdrew to Babylon, and was made prisoner in a war with the Parthians.

Antiochus VI (Dionysos), B.C. 145-142, son of Alexander I, was set upon the throne, when a child of seven, by Tryphon, his father’s minister. Inscr., ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ, seldom with ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ, usually with ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΔΙΟΝΥΣΟΥ. Wt., Attic. There are very rare AR tetra- drachms of B.C. 145 with rev. Zeus Nikephoros enthroned (Babelon, Rois, Pl. XX. 6). But his ordinary issues do not begin until the next year, when he assumed the title Διονυσος :—

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FIG. 337.


Head of Antiochus VI, radiate (Fig. 337). The Dioskuri, within wreath; dates.
AR Tetradr.
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. XIX. 7.] Helmet with ibex-horn; no dates.
AR Dr.
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. XIX. 3.] Apollo on omphalos; dates.
AR Dr.
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. XIX. 4.] Apollo standing.
AR ½ Dr.[1]
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. XIX. 5.] Panther.
AR ½ Dr.
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. XIX. 6.] Thyrsos.
AR Diobol

The use of the wreath on the rev. of these tetradrachms is an early example of a practice that subsequently became common. They all bear the letters ΤΡΥ, which also appear regularly on the undated drachms. During B.C. 144 ΤΡΥ, which obviously represents Tryphon, is accompanied only by single letters and monograms, which are apparently mint-marks. Thereafter ΣΤΑ is added beneath ΤΡΥ on the larger denomination. Simultaneously it begins to be placed on the dated drachms (on which ΤΡΥ never occurs), while it is also very prominent on the smaller AR with Dionysiac types (undated) and on the Æ. But there are tetradrachms of B.C. 142 struck from a die from which this name has been erased (Regling, Z. f. N., xxiv. p. 135). The inference is that ΣΤΑ was an important minister who fell from power abruptly. For Æ, often with Dionysiac types, see Hunter Cat., iii. pp. 74 ff.

Tryphon (Diodotus), B.C. 142-139, killed his ward and declared himself βασιλευς αυτοκρατωρ, a remarkable title, the importance of which is shown by the fact that it is written in full on the Phoenician AR (see supra, p. 765). Tryphon’s abandonment of the Seleucid era for dates is also significant. His best-known coins are AR Attic tetradrachms and drachms, and Æ, all having rev. Helmet with ibex-horn (B. M. C., Pl. XX. 1-3). AR Phoenician tetradrachms were struck at Byblus, Ptolemais, and Ascalon: rev. Eagle, with regnal dates (Babelon, Rois, Pl. XXI. 4 f.). There are also Æ of Ascalon (ibid., 6). Inscr., always ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΤΡΥΦΩΝΟΣ ΑΥΤΟΚΡΑΤΟΡΟΣ.

Antiochus VII (Sidetes), B.C. 138-129, younger brother of Demetrius, overthrew Tryphon and married Cleopatra. Inscr., ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟ- ΧΟΥ, either alone or with ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ. Phoenician AR was struck at Sidon and at Tyre (B. M. C., Pl. XX. 4); rev. Eagle. The types of the Attic AR are as follows :—

Head of Antiochus VII.
[B. M. C., Pl. XX. 6.]
Athena Nikephoros standing (Tyre, &c.)
AR Tetradr.
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. XX. 7.] Nike (Tyre, &c.).
AR Drachm
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. XXVIII. 8.] Pyre of Sandan (Tarsus).
AR Tetradr.
Id. [Hirsch, Auct. Cat. xiii, No. 4467.] Sandan on lion (Tarsus).
AR Drachm
Id. [Petrowicz Coll.] Athena Magarsis (Mallus).
AR Drachm
Id. [Brit. Mus.] Tyche seated.
AR Drachm


The Æ is interesting and includes some new types, e.g. obv. Bust of Eros and rev. Head-dress of Isis, as well as municipal of Seleuceia in

1 These hemidrachms read simply ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ.

Pieria, of Sidon and of Tyre, with or without the royal name. Small pieces with obv. Flowering lily and rev. Anchor were minted at Jerusalem, which Antiochus captured circ. B.C. 132. See London, Paris, and Hunter Catalogues.

Demetrius II (Nicator), B.C. 129-125 (second reign), was liberated by the Parthian king in order to make trouble for Antiochus. Inscr., ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ, either alone or with ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ, ΘΕΟΥ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ, or ΘΕΟΥ ΦΙΛΑΔΕΛΦΟΥ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ. Phoenician AR, rev. Eagle, was struck at Ptolemais, Sidon, and Tyre. The Attic AR was of several varieties :—

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FIG. 338.


Head of Demetrius II, bearded. Zeus Nikephoros enthroned (Fig. 338)
AR Tetradr., Drachm
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. XXI. 5.] Athena Magarsis (Mallus).
AR Drachm
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. XXI. 6.] Pyre of Sandan (Tarsus).
AR Tetradr.
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. XXI. 7.] Sandan on lion (Tarsus).
AR Drachm
Id. [Berlin.] Thunderbolt within wreath (Seleuceia in Pieria).
AR ½ Dr.

With rare exceptions (N. C., 1883, Pl. VI. 7) the coins of Phoenician weight retain the beardless portrait of Demetrius which they had borne during his first reign. On all others belonging to the second reign he is represented with a beard. If he began to grow his beard after his return, as is perhaps indicated by N. C., 1883, Pl. VI. 4, then the earliest of his new Attic tetradrachms had rev. Apollo on omphalos (Babelon, Rois, Pl. XIX. 15). But for the most part this once familiar type figures only on the Æ of his second reign: see Hunter Cat., iii. pp. 87 ff., where other types of Æ are recorded, the most interesting being that with a figure in Parthian dress (op. cit., Pl. LXVII. 22). There are municipal coins of Sidon and Tyre, the former without the royal name.

Alexander II (Zebina), B.C. 128-123, was set up by Ptolemy Physcon as a rival to Demetrius. Inscr., ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ. On the unique AV stater in the British Museum, rev. Zeus Nikephoros enthroned, he adds ΘΕΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΝΙΚΗΦΟΡΟΥ, a reminder that he claimed to have been adopted by Alexander I, the pretended son of Epiphanes. This piece is perhaps to be connected with the king’s plundering of the golden Nike held by the statue of Zeus at Antioch (Wroth, N. C., 1897, p. 115 [citing Pl. V. 8]). Phoenician AR, rev. Eagle, was struck at Ascalon (Babelon, Rois, p. cl). But the great mass of the AR is Attic:—

Head of Alexander II.
[B. M. C., Pl. XXII. 2.]
Zeus Nikephoros enthroned.
AR Tetradr.
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. XXII. 3.] Double cornucopiae.
AR Drachm
Id. Hunter Cat., iii. Pl. LXIX. 9.] Single cornucopiae.
AR ½ Dr.
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. XXII. 5.] Nike.
AR ½ Dr.
Id. [Babelon, Rois, Pl. XXIII. 8.] Anchor.
AR Diobol
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. XXII. 4.] Athena Nikephoros standing.
AR Drachm
Id. [Petrowicz Coll.] Pyre of Sandan (Tarsus).
AR Tetradr.
Id. [Babelon, Rois, Pl. XXIII. 6.] Sandan on lion (Tarsus).
AR Drachm


The Æ includes municipal of Berytus (Babelon, Rois, Pl. XXIII. 17). For numerous ordinary varieties see Hunter Cat., iii. pp. 93 ff.

Cleopatra, B.C. 125-121, was successively the wife of Alexander Bala, of Demetrius Nicator, and of Antiochus Sidetes. The eldest of her sons by Demetrius assumed the diadem as Seleucus V upon his father’s death. His mother straightway had him murdered, and took the supreme power into her own hands. The British Museum possesses an AR tetradrachm of Attic weight, dated ΖΠΡ (= B.C. 125), and reading ΒΑΣΙΛΙΣΣΗΣ ΚΛΕΟΠΑΤΡΑΣ ΘΕΑΣ ΕΥΕΤΗΡΙΑΣ. The rev. type is Egyptian:—

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FIG. 339.

Head of Cleopatra (Fig. 339). Double cornucopiae, filleted.


The queen soon associated with her in the government a younger son of Demetrius, Antiochus VIII (Grypus). Their jugate heads appear on Phoenician AR struck at Sidon: rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΙΣΣΗΣ ΚΛΕΟΠΑΤΡΑΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ, Eagle. Inscr. on their Attic AR, ΒΑΣΙΛΙΣΣΗΣ ΚΛΕΟΠΑΤΡΑΣ (ΘΕΑΣ) ΚΑΙ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ[1]:—

Heads jugate of Cleopatra and An- tiochus VIII [B. M. C., Pl. XXIII. 3.] Zeus Nikephoros enthroned (Sidon, &c.)
AR Tetradr.
Id. [N. C., 1900, Pl. I. 14.] Pyre of Sandan (Tarsus).
AR Tetradr.

For Æ with the joint names see Hunter Cat., iii. pp. 97 ff.

Antiochus VIII (Grypus), B.C. 121-96, finally compelled his mother to drink poison which she had prepared for himself. His nickname is

1 ΘΕΑΣ is usually omitted on the Æ, and occasionally on the AR. A few of the tetradrachms have a border of dots, instead of a fillet-border, on the obv. The group so formed stands alone in the later coinage of the Seleucidae (see supra, p. 762).

well illustrated by his later coins, which show him as a middle-aged man with an extremely hooked nose. Phoenician AR coins, struck at Ascalon and Sidon, have rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ. Eagle. On the Attic AR ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ is added:—

Head of Antiochus VIII [B. M. C., Pl. XXIV. 1.] Zeus Ouranios standing (Sidon, &c.)
AR Tetradr.
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. XXIV. 2.] Athena Nikephoros standing (Seleuceia ad Calycadnum, &c.).
AR Tetradr.
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. XXIV. 3.] Pyre of Sandan (Tarsus).
AR Tetradr.
Id. [Babelon, Rois, Pl. XXV. 6.] Sandan on lion (Tarsus).
AR Drachm
Id. [Petrowicz Coll.] Tyche standing (Tripolis).
AR Drachm


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FIG. 340.

Head of Antiochus VIII (Fig. 340). Zeus Nikephoros enthroned.
AR Tetradr.
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. XXVI. 4.] Tripod.
AR Drachm
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. XX. 8, and XXVI. 5.] Nike.
AR ½ Dr.
Id. [Imhoof, Mon. gr., p. 436.] Ear of corn on stalk.
AR Diobol

The Æ coins are numerous, but none of the types are noteworthy. One group, however, is remarkable for the inscr. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟ- ΧΟΥ ΦΙΛΟΜΗΤΟΡΟΣ (Hunter Cat., iii. p. 103). There are Æ of Sidon without the royal name (Babelon, Rois, Pl. XXIV. 16.).

Antiochus IX (Cyzicenus), B.C. 114-95, son of Antiochus VII and Cleopatra, after a struggle divided the kingdom with his half-brother Grypus (B.C. 111), taking as his share Coele-Syria and Phoenicia. His Phoenician AR, rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ, Eagle, is fairly common (Sidon, Ascalon, &c.). But he was the last Seleucid king to strike coins of this class. The title ΦΙΛΟΠΛΤΟΡΟΣ is used on his Attic AR, the obol having ΒΑ ΑΝ ΦΙ:—

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FIG. 341.


Head of Antiochus IX (Fig. 341). Athena Nikephoros standing (Sidon, &c.)
AR Tetradr.
Id. [Babelon, Rois, Pl. XXVI. 11.] Nike.
AR ½ Dr.
Id. [Petrowicz Coll.] Ear of corn on stalk.
AR Diobol
Id. [Petrowicz Coll.] Athena Nikephoros standing.
AR Obol
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. XXV. 1.] Zeus Nikephoros enthroned.
AR Tetradr.
Id. [Babelon, Rois, Pl. XXVI. 5 f.] Tyche standing (Tripolis).
AR Tetr., Dr.
Id. [Babelon, Rois, Pl. XXVI. 12.] Pyre of Sandan (Tarsus).
AR Tetradr.
Id. [Ibid., 13.] Sandan on lion (Tarsus).
AR Drachm

For Æ of various types see London, Paris, and Hunter Catalogues.

Seleucus VI (Epiphanes Nicator), B.C. 96-95, succeeded his father Grypus, and renewed the war with Cyzicenus. Inscr., ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΕΛΕΥΚΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ, with occasional omission of ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ For Æ see Hunter Cat., iii. pp. 109 f. His AR coins (Attic weight) are:—

Head of Seleucus VI.
[B. M. C., Pl. XXVIII. 11.]
Zeus Nikephoros enthroned.
AR Tetradr.
Id. [Babelon, Rois, Pl. XXVII. 3.] Nike.
AR Drachm
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. XXV. 13.] Double cornucopiae.
AR ½ Dr.
Id. Imhoof, Monn. gr., p. 437.] Ear of corn on stalk.
AR Diobol
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. XXV. 12; cf. Im- hoof, Kl. M., ii. p. 482.] Athena Nikephoros standing (Seleuceia ad Calycadnum).
AR Tetradr.


Antiochus X (Eusebes Philopator), B.C. 95-83, son of Cyzicenus, spent his reign in warfare first with Seleucus VI, and then with the other sons of Grypus. Inscr., ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ ΕΥΣΕΒΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΟ- ΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ. Wt., Attic.


Head of Antiochus X.
[B. M. C., Pl. XXVI. 1.]
Zeus Nikephoros enthroned.
AR Tetradr.
Id. [Hunter Cat., iii. Pl. LXX. 12.] Tyche standing (Tripolis).
AR Drachm
Id. [Berlin.] Nike standing.
AR ½ Dr.

Antiochus XI (Philadelphus), B.C. 92, second or third son of Grypus, struck AR Attic tetradrachms with rev. Zeus Nikephoros enthroned; also Æ with rev. Athena Nikephoros standing: see Babelon, Rois, Pl. XXVII. 11 f. Inscr. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΑΔΕΛΦΟΥ, ΕΠΙ- ΦΑΝΟΥΣ being usually omitted on the AR. Other coins sometimes attri- buted to this king belong more probably to his father (op. cit., p. clxvii). But there are very rare tetradrachms (Attic) which show his head jugate with that of his brother Philippus: rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ, Zeus Nikephoros enthroned (op. cit., Pl. XXVII. 13).


Philippus (Philadelphus), B.C. 92-83, another son of Grypus, struck AR Attic tetradrachms with rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΑΔΕΛΦΟΥ, Zeus Nikephoros enthroned (B. M. C., Pl. XXIV. 9). Some are dated from an era beginning in B.C. 111, when Grypus re- turned from exile in Aspendus, and divided the kingdom with Cyzicenus (cf. Wilcken, Hermes, xxix. pp. 436 ff.).



Demetrius III (Philopator), B.C. 95-88, fourth son of Grypus, also took the field against Antiochus X, and proclaimed himself king. Inscr., ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ, with either ΘΕΟΥ ΦΙΛΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΣΩ- ΤΗΡΟΣ or ΦΙΛΟΜΗΤΟΡΟΣ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΚΑΛΛΙΝΙΚΟΥ. Wt., Attic.


Head of Demetrius III.
[Babelon, Rois, Pl. XXVIII. 4.]
Zeus Nikephoros enthroned.
AR Tetradr.
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. XXVI. 10.] Archaic simulacrum of Asiatic goddess, facing.
AR Tetradr.

The last type probably represents Atargatis (Dea Syra) of Damascus: see Rev. archëol., 1904, p. 250. This city was the capital of Demetrius. It seems to have temporarily borne the name of ‘Demetrias’ (Wroth, B. M. C., Galatia, pp. lxxv f.), and to have issued municipal Æ: obv. Head of Demetrius III, and rev. ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΕΩΝ ΤΗΣ ΙΕΡΑΣ. For this and ordinary Æ see Hunter Cat., iii. pp. 114 f.

Antiochus XII (Dionysos), circ. B.C. 87-84, the youngest of the five sons of Grypus, aspired to succeed Demetrius III as king of Coele-Syria. His very rare AR Attic tetradrachms have rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΚΑΛΛΙΝΙΚΟΥ, Bearded divinity standing, facing, on a base between two recumbent bulls (N. Z., 1902, Pl. I. 3, 4). This is probably Hadad of Damascus (see Journ. Asiat., 1904, p. 200). Antio- chus, too, made Damascus his capital, and his head appears on muni- cipal Æ of ‘Demetrias’ (cf. Demetrius III, supra), for which, as well as for other varieties of Æ, see Hunter Cat., iii. pp. 115 ff.


Tigranes, B.C. 83-69, King of Armenia (B.C. 97-56), was invited to put an end to the internecine strife in Syria. This he did, and ruled the country peaceably till his defeat by Lucullus. His coins, Attic AR and Æ, fall into three classes (N. C., 1902, pp. 193 ff.):—

(i) Undated. Inscr., ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΤΙΓΡΑΝΟΥ. Mint, Antioch.

coin image
FIG. 342.

Head of Tigranes, wearing lofty Arme- nian tiara (Fig. 342). Tyche of Antioch seated; river-god swimming at her feet.
AR Tetradr.
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. XXVII. 9; Babelon, Pl. XXIX. 13.] Nike, or Palm.
Æ .7-.6

(ii) B.C. 77-73 (Years of era used on coins of Philippus, q. v.; also months). Inscr., ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ ΤΙΓΡΑΝΟΥ. Mint, doubtful.

Head of Tigranes as above; less good work. [Babelon, Rois, Pl. XXIX. 15.] Tyche with river-god, as above; less good work.
AR Tetradr., Dr.
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. XXVII. 10 f.] Id., or Herakles standing.
Æ 1-.7

(iii) B.C. 71-69 (Years of Seleucid era). Inscr., ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΤΙ- ΓΡΛΝΟΥ. Mint, Damascus (see Hunter Cat., iii. p. 115, note).

Head of Tigranes as above; poor work.
[B. M. C., Pl. XXVII. 5.]
Tyche with river-god, as above, but l.; poor work.
AR Tetradr.
Id. [B. M. C., Pl. XXVII. 7; Babelon, Pl. XXIX. 14.] Id., or Tyche standing.
Æ .9-.55


The rev. of Fig. 342 represents the famous statue of the Tyche of Antioch by Eutychides of Sicyon (Paus. vi. 2). The corresponding type on coins of class (iii) is rather the Tyche of Damascus; cf. the Imperial coins of that city and also those of Aretas III.

(β) Autonomous and Imperial of Syria, Phoenicia, etc.

[Wroth, B. M. C., Galatia, Cappadocia, Syria.
Babelon, Perses Achéménides.
De Saulcy, Numismatique de la Terre-Sainte.]

The coinage of the whole region between the Euphrates and the sea may be described by dividing it into districts in the order which Eckhel adopted:—

I. Commagene. VII. Trachonitis.
II. Cyrrhestica. VIII. Decapolis.
III. Chalcidice. IX. Phoenicia.
IV. Palmyrene. X. Galilaea.
V. Seleucis and Pieria. XI. Samaria.
VI. Coele-Syria. XII. Judaea.

Throughout the whole of this vast extent of territory, bounded on the north by offshoots of the Taurus, on the north-east by the Euphrates, and on the east and south by the deserts of Arabia, the royal gold coinage of Persia probably passed current down to the age of Alexander the Great. In the latter half of the fifth century the Persian gold coinage was supple- mented by the substantial silver money of the wealthy Phoenician cities of the sea-coast, governed for the most part by their own kings, who seem to have been more or less independent of the King of Persia. The coinage of these towns, Tyre, Sidon, and Byblus, inscribed with Phoenician characters, is regulated according to the standard, hence called Phoenician, of about 56 grs. to the drachm, or 224 grs. to the shekel. Aradus, on the other hand, the most northern town on the Phoenician coast, accommodated her money to the standard which prevailed in Cyprus and Cilicia, striking shekels of about 168 grs. equivalent to three-quarters of the Tyrian and Sidonian shekel.

On the Macedonian conquest all the old coinages, both Persian and Phoenician, were abolished, except at Tyre, and mints were set up by Alexander or his immediate successors at all the chief coast-towns of Phoenicia and Palestine, viz. Marathus, Aradus, Sidon, Tyre, Ace, Joppa, Ascalon, and Gaza, as well as at some of the chief cities of the interior. This Alexandrine coinage lasted down to about B.C. 266, when Ptolemy Philadelphus, who had obtained possession of Phoenicia, established mints of his own at the chief cities along the coasts of Palestine and

Phoenicia; the issues of the various mints being distinguished by mono- grams. The Ptolemaic coinage in Phoenicia was superseded early in the second century B.C. by the Seleucid coinage; but it is observable that, although the new currency consisted partly of coins of the Attic standard with ordinary Seleucid types, it also included a series of issues which in general appearance and weight were closely modelled upon the previous Ptolemaic coinage (see supra, p. 765). This shows that under the Seleucid rule the commercial susceptibilities of the Phoenician cities were carefully consulted. Later still, complete freedom and independence were accorded to a great number of them, as is evident from the dated autonomous issues of Byblus, Marathus, Aradus, Sidon, Tripolis, Tyre, Ace, Ascalon, Jerusalem, &c., some of them continuing to strike their own silver money even in Imperial times. Although nearly all the Syrian and Phoenician coins bear dates, the eras from which they reckon are not always the same.

I. Commagene

Commagene, the most northerly district of Syria, bordering upon Cilicia, became a separate kingdom in the second century B.C.

(α) Kings of Commagene.

[Babelon, Rois de Syrie; Wroth, B. M. C., Galatia, Cappadocia, Syria, &c.; Th. Reinach, L'hist. par les monn., pp. 233 f.]

Samos, circ. B.C. 140-130 (?).

Head of king, diademed and radiate.
[Babelon, p. 217, Pl. XXX. 1.]
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΑΜΟΥ ΘΕΟΣΕΒΟΥΣ ΚΑΙ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ in ex. ΓΛ Nike ad- vancing. [Hunter].
Æ .6
Head of king in pointed head-dress.
[Hunter Cat., Pl. LXX. 20.]
Same inscription. Thyrsos between two interlaced cornuacopiae.
Æ .85

Mithradates I (Callinicus), circ. B.C. 96. Son of Samos.

Head of king in pointed head-dress.
[B. M. C., p. 104; Babelon, Pl. XXX. 2.]
ΒΑCΙΛΕΩC ΜΙΘΡΑΔΑΤΟΥ ΚΑΛΛΙ- ΝΙΚΟΥ Athena standing, holding Nike.
Æ .85
Eagle with palm.
[Babelon, p. 217, No. 4.]
Same inscription. Caduceus. [Paris]
Æ .7
Eagle with palm.
[Babelon, p. 218, No. 5.]
Same inscription. Palm. [Paris].
Æ .6

Mithradates Philhellen Philoromaios, circ. B.C. 92 (?). Son of Mith- radates I Callinicus (?).

Head of king in pointed head-dress. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩ(ς) ΜΙΘΡΙΔ ΦΙΛΟ[ρω- μαιου ?]. Club. Æ Size .7. [Brit. Mus.; Berlin.]

(On the attribution see Reinach, L'hist. par les monn., p. 244; the

coin has been sometimes assigned to an Armenian Mithradates; cf. B. M. C., Galatia, &c., p. 102.)

Antiochus I (Theos), circ. B.C. 69-38 (or 31 ?). Son of Mithradates Callinicus by Laodice Thea Philadelphus, daughter of Antiochus VIII, Grypus, of Syria. Antiochus I struck the following bronze coin :—

Bust of king in Armenian tiara on which star between two eagles (cf. tiara of Tigranes). ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ Lion walk- ing.
Æ .8

On a height of Mount Taurus, now the tumulus of Nemroud Dagh, Antiochus established a sacred precinct and royal mausoleum (B. M. C., p. xliv). On the Nemroud Dagh reliefs he wears an Armenian tiara ornamented with a lion. Another relief shows a star-spangled lion, Antiochus having been born under the zodiacal sign of the Lion.

The successor of Antiochus I was a king, probably his son, named Mithradates, circ. B.C. 31. Reinach (p. 245) supposes the following bronze at Berlin and Paris (Invent. Wadd., p. 447) to have been issued by Antiochus I and Mithradates in conjunction:—obv. [ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ] ΑΝ- ΤΙΟΧΟΥ Bust of Antiochus in tiara, rev. ΜΙΘΡΑΔΑ[ΤΟΥ] Humped bull, rushing.

Two or three kings followed Mithradates in rapid succession. In B.C. 20 Augustus placed upon the throne another Mithradates,[1] who was succeeded by his son (or brother) Antiochus III. On the death of this Antiochus in A.D. 17, Commagene became a Roman province, but in 38 Caligula restored the kingdom for the benefit of his friend Antiochus IV, son of Antiochus III.



Head of king diademed. ΚΟΜΜΑΓΗΝΩΝ Scorpion within laurel-wreath.
Æ 1.1
Id. ΚΟΜΜΑΓΗΝΩΝ Capricorn within laurel-wreath.
Æ .9
Id. ΚΟΜΜΑΓΗΝΩΝ Two cornuacopiae.
Æ .8

The Scorpion was the zodiacal sign under which Commagene stood. Cilicia formed part of the kingdom of this ruler, who issued money at Anemurium, Celenderis, Corycus, Sebaste, Lacanatis, and Cetis. He also struck coins in Lycaonia (B. M. C., p. xlvi, p. 108).

Iotape, wife of Antiochus IV.


Æ 1.15

1 Reinach (p. 246) attributes doubtfully to this king Æ inscribed ΒΑ(σιλεως) ΜΕ(γαλου) Μ(ιθραδατου) ΤΟΥ Μ(ιθραδατου); type, Crab; cf. Babelon, Rois de Syrie, p. ccxii.

She also struck bronze coins in Lacanatis (rev. Scorpion) and Selinus (rev. Artemis), and she is represented on the coins of Antiochus IV at Sebaste (B. M. C., p. xlvii n.).

Epiphanes and Callinicus, sons of Antiochus IV and Iotape, struck bronze coins in Commagene, Selinus, Lacanatis, and Lycaonia (B. M. C., p. xlviii).


ΒΑCΙΛЄΩC ΥΙΟΙ Epiphanes and Cal- linicus on horseback. ΚΟΜΜΑΓΗΝΩΝ Capricorn.
Æ .8
ΒΑCΙΛЄΩC ΥΙΟΙ Anchor between two crossed cornuacopiae, each containing a youthful head (Epiphanes and Cal- linicus).   „  Armenian tiara, ornamented with scorpion: laurel- wreath.
Æ .8
ΒΑCΙΛЄΥC ΜЄΓΑC ЄΠΙΦΑΝΗC Head of Epiphanes. CЄΛΙ (Selinus). ΒΑCΙΛЄΥC ΜЄΓΑC ΚΑΛΛΙΝΙΚΟC Head of Callinicus. Paris. [Cf. B. M. C., p. xlvii.]
Æ .9

(β) Cities.

Commagene in genere. Bronze coins of first century A.D. (? circ. A.D. 41, Rev. des études gr., 1899, p. 402), struck probably at Samosata (B. M. C., p. xlviii): Capricorn, rev. Scorpion. Capricorn, rev. ΚΟΜΜΑΓΗΝΩΝ Armenian tiara. ΠΙΣΤΙΣ, Two hands clasped holding caduceus, rev. ΚΟΜΜΑΓΗΝΩΝ, Anchor.


Antiocheia ad Euphratem (Pliny v. 24). Imperial of M. Aurelius and L. Verus, rev. ΑΝΤΙΟΧЄΩΝ ΠΡΟC ЄΥΦΡΑΤΗΝ, Bust of Athena (B. M. C., p. xlix).


Doliche (Duluk). Imperial of M. Aurelius, L. Verus, and Commodus, rev. ΔΟΛΙΧΑΙΩΝ within wreath.


Germanicia Caesareia (Marash). Imperial, M. Aurelius to Commodus. Inscr., ΚΑΙCΑΡ. ΓЄΡΜΑΝΙΚЄWΝ ΚΟ; ΚΑΙC. ΓЄΡΜΑ. ΚΟΜ. Types— City seated, with river-god swimming at her feet; Inscr. in laurel-wreath. (Contrast the coins of Caesareia Germanica in Bithynia.)


Samosata (Samsat), on the Euphrates, the capital of the kings of Com- magene. Autonomous bronze of the period of the Commagenian kings (Antiochus I-IV). Inscr., CΑΜΟCΑΤW; CΑΜΟCΑΤΩ ΠΟΛΕΩC. Types—Zeus; Lion; City seated on rock; Eagle. Imperial, Hadrian to Philip jun. Inscr., ΦΛΑ. CΑΜΟ. ΜΗΤΡΟ. ΚΟΜ. (i.e. Flavia Sa- mosata Metropolis Commagenes); Φ. CΑΜΟC. ΙЄΡ. ΑCΥ. ΑΥΤΟΝΟ. ΜΗΤΡ. ΚΟΜ.; CΑΜΟCΑΤЄΩΝ. Usual type—City seated; at her feet, river-god Euphrates or running Pegasos. Era dates from autumn of A.D. 71 (B. M. C., p. 117 n.).


Zeugma, on the right bank of the Euphrates, opposite Apameia (Birejik), both cities founded by Seleucus I and connected by a bridge of boats. Imperial, Trajan to Philip jun. Inscr., ΖЄΥΓΜΑΤЄΩΝ. Types—Tetrastyle temple with peribolos encircling the sacred grove (B. M. C., p. li), sometimes with capricorn in ex.; Inscr. in laurel-wreath.

Silver coin of Caracalla, rev. Eagle and ΖЄV (Antioch type). The numerals that appear on the Imperial Æ of Zeugma and other Syrian towns probably indicate the month of issue: see Macdonald, N. C., 1903, p. 105. Dieudonné (Journ. int., 1907, pp. 273 ff.) has, however, suggested that they indicate the numbers of the dies.


II. Cyrrhestica

This district lay between the Euphrates and Mount Amanus, and was bordered on the north by Commagene. Its towns are:—

Beroea, now Aleppo (Haleb). Imperial bronze with or without heads of Emperors, Trajan to Antoninus Pius. Rev. ΒЄΡΟΙΑΙWΝ within wreath. Also AR of Macrinus, rev. Eagle (Antioch type), ΒΕ and fantastic bird. (B. M. C., Galatia, &c., p. 132.)


Cyrrhus. Regal bronze of Alexander I, Bala, of Syria (q. v.). Inscr., ΚΥΡΡΗCΤΩΝ, rev. Zeus standing with wreath, also rev. Athena standing holding Nike (B. M. C., p. lii). Imperial, Trajan to Philip jun. Inscr., ΚΥΡΡΗCΤΩΝ, rev. ΔΙΟC ΚΑΤΑΙΒΑΤΟΥ (or ΚΑΤЄΒΑΤΟΥ), Zeus Katai- bates seated on rock holding his thunderbolt and sceptre, before him, eagle. Also Temple containing his statue. This Zeus had altars at Olympia, Athens, &c.; rocks and places struck by lightning were re- garded as sacred to him (B. M. C., p. lii). Also rev. Inscr. in laurel-wreath. On some later coins, symbol, ram.


Hieropolis (Membij). The ancient name Bambyce was changed to Hieropolis by Seleucus Nicator, who built a new temple for Atargatis (Astarte), the great goddess of the city (cf. the treatise De dea Syria). The following Attic didrachms with Aramaic inscriptions have been attributed (B. M. C., Galat., p. liii) to Bambyce :—(α) Coins of the sacerdotal dynasty of Abd-Hadad, circ. B.C. 332: Bust of Atargatis, rev. inscr., Abd-Hadad, King and driver in chariot; Bust of Atargatis (with name inscribed), rev. Abd-Hadad, Abd-Hadad standing in temple. (β) Coins with name ‘Alexander’ [the Great ?]. Types—Bust of Atar- gatis, rev. Lion devouring bull; Bust of Atargatis facing, rev. King and driver in chariot; Baal enthroned, rev. Atargatis riding on lion; Warrior on horse, rev. Lion walking, in front, bird perched on flower.


In the second century B.C. there are bronze coins of Antiochus IV of Syria (q. v.), rev. ΙЄΡΟΠΟΛΙΤΩΝ, Zeus standing holding wreath. Quasi-autonomous and Imperial, Trajan to Philip jun. Inscr., ΙЄΡΟ- ΠΟΛΙΤΩΝ. Types (often accompanied by ΘЄΑC CΥΡΙΑC)—Atargatis riding on lion or enthroned between two lions; Temple, within which, Roman standard, on one side of the temple, Baal Kevan seated between two oxen, on the other, Atargatis seated between two lions, inscr., ΘЄΟΙ CΥΡΙΑC (Imhoof, Gr. M., p. 759, No. 773, cf. No. 772). Also silver (Antioch class) of Domna, Caracalla (symbol, lion), Macrinus (symbol, lion), and Diadumenian. Also bronze of Imperial times dated from Seleucid Era. The inscr. ΘЄΑC CΥΡΙΑC, which frequently appears within a laurel- wreath and without any type, probably indicates the Festival in connexion with which the coins bearing it were issued.


III. Chalcidice

[B. M. C., Galatia, &c., p. liv.]

Chalcis (Kinnesrin), near Beroea (Aleppo). Imperial—Trajan to L. Verus. Inscr., ΦΛ. ΧΑΛΚΙΔЄWΝ. Types—Laurel-wreath; Standing figure radiate holding palm-branch, spear, and shield, with inscr. ΗΛΙΟ- CЄΙΡΟC, Hunter Cat., Pl. LXXI. 27. Date ΚЄ (25) on coins of Trajan and of Hadrian = A.D. 117, from era beginning A.D. 92.


IV. Palmyrene

Palmyra struck small bronze coins without the names or heads of Emperors. These were probably issued from the first century A.D. till the time of Sept. Severus and his family. Inscr., when present, ΠΑΛ- ΜVΡΑ. Types—Palm-tree; Bearded male head in modius, radiate = the Malach-belos of Palmyra (?); Female figure (Atargatis ?) on lion; Lion and crescent; Head of Tyche of Palmyra; and other types described by De Saulcy (see B. M. C., Galat., pp. lvi-lviii). For coins with the heads of Zenobia and Vaballathus see infra, Egypt under the Romans.


V. Seleucis and Pieria

Tetrapolis of Seleucis. The four cities of Antiocheia, Seleuceia, Apameia, and Laodiceia, all founded by Seleucus I, used a joint bronze coinage during part of the second century B.C., beginning B.C. 149. Inscr., ΑΔΕΛΦΩΝ ΔΗΜΩΝ (cf. Strabo, xvi, p. 749 αιπερ και ελεγοντο αλληλων αδελφαι δια την ομονοιαν). Types—Head of Zeus, rev. Fulmen; Head of Apollo, rev. Tripod; Bearded heads (? Demoi of Antiocheia and Seleuceia), rev. Tyche crowning the inscription, or rev. Zeus seated. Dates according to the Seleucid Era. Mint, apparently Seleuceia (Hunter Cat., iii. p. 141).

Antiocheia ad Orontem, on the right bank of the Orontes, about twenty miles from its mouth, was the capital of the Seleucid Empire, and one of the most splendid cities of the ancient world. It was a mint-place for the regal coinage of the kings from the time of Antiochus IV or earlier. In the second century B.C. it shared in the Tetrapolis coinage (see above), and during the first century B.C. issued bronze coins dated according to (i) the Seleucid Era, B.C. 312, (ii) the Caesarian (autumn, B.C. 49), or, possibly, the Pompeian (B.C. 64). Inscr., ΑΝΤΙΟΧΕΩΝ ΤΗΣ ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΕΩΣ, ΑΝΤΙΟΧΕΩΝ ΤΗΣ ΜΗ- ΤΡΟΠΟΛΕΩΣ ΙΕΡΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΑΣΥΛΟΥ ΑΥΤΟΝΟΜΟΥ, ΑΝΤΙΟΧΕΩΝ ΤΗΣ ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΕΩΣ ΚΑΙ ΑΥΤΟΝΟΜΟΥ, &c. Types—obv. Head of Zeus, or of Tyche of Antioch; rev. Zeus seated holding Nike; Tripod; Tyche standing with rudder; Poppy-head with ears of corn. There are silver coins (weight 240-200 grs.) of M. Antonius and Cleopatra, with portrait- heads: Cleopatra, ΒΑCΙΛΙCCΑ ΚΛЄΟΠΑΤΡΑ ΘЄΑ ΝЄWΤЄΡΑ, wears

a profusion of pearls (B. M. C., Galat., p. 158). Imperial, Augustus to Valerian. Silver and bronze. Like Alexandreia in Egypt and Caesareia in Cappadocia, Antioch was an important Roman mint, whence the issue of silver coins and the Roman character of the types. Antioch was the principal mint for Syria, but Imhoof-Blumer has shown (Gr. M., p. 758; Revue Suisse, viii. pp. 40 f.) that about the time of Caracalla many silver and billon coins of Antiochene types and fabric, but with special symbols, were issued at various mints, chiefly in Syria and Phoenicia, e. g. Hieropolis in Cyrrhestica, Beroea, Zeugma, Aradus, Berytus, Sidon, Tripolis, Tyre, Gaza.

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I. SILVER. Tetradrachms weighing at first 236 to 220 grains. From the time of Caracalla the silver deteriorates, weight 220 to 200 grains or less. Didrachms and drachms under Nero. The tetradrachm was tariffed as equivalent to three Roman denarii (B. M. C., Galat., p. lxiii). Usual inscr., ΔΗΜΑΡΧ ЄΞ (or ЄΞΟΥCΙΑC) ΥΠΑΤΟC ΤΟ Β (Γ, Δ, &c.)=Trib. Pot. Cos. ii (iii, iv, &c.). Coins of Augustus have ΕΤΟΥΣ ΝΙΚΗΣ, with dates of the Era of Actium, B.C. 31; also ΑΝΤΙΟΧΕΩΝ ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΕΩΣ, with double dates of the Actian and Caesarian Eras (B.C. 31 and B.C. 49). ΕΤΟΥΣ ΝΕΟΥ ΙΕΡΟΥ occurs, Galba to Nerva (Pick, Z. f. N., xiv. 331). On coins of Geta, VΠΑΤΟC ΑΠΟΔЄΔЄΙΓμενοσ=Consul designatus. On coins of the Philips, MONeta VRBica or ΑΝΤΙΟΧΙΑ are found. Usual type, Eagle. The type of the Tyche of Antioch seated on a rock with the river-god Orontes swimming at her feet (Fig. 343) occurs under Augustus and in some later reigns. It is found still earlier on the AR of Tigranes, q. v. These coins reproduce the group of Tyche and Orontes made by Eutychides of Sicyon, a pupil of Lysippus, and set up at Antioch soon after the foundation of the city by Seleucus I in B.C. 300. The marble statue in the Vatican is one of the best reproductions of this group (B. M. C., Galat., pp. lxi f.).

coin image
FIG. 343.

II. BRONZE. (α) Without heads of emperors. First and second century A.D., some dated from Actian Era, B.C. 31, but most from the Caesarian Era, autumn, B.C. 49, which is also found in class (β). Inscr., ΑΝΤΙΟΧΕΩΝ, and names of the Legati of Syria, also ΑΝ- ΤΙΟΧЄWΝ ΤΗC ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛЄWC. Types referring to Zeus, Artemis, Apollo; also Tyche and Orontes group; Running ram looking back with crescent and star above it (B. M. C., Galat., p. lix); Boule (?) dropping pebble into urn (ib., Pl. XIX. 11); Tripod with human heads (Pl. XX. 8). On this quasi-autonomous coinage see Macdonald in N. C., 1904, pp. 105 f., where it is shown that the most remark- able group belongs to the year A.D. 129, when Hadrian visited Antioch.

(β) Imperial. Inscr., ΑΝΤΙΟΧΕΩΝ ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΕΩΣ; ΑΝΤΙΟΧΕΩΝ. From time of Elagabalus, ΑΝΤΙΟΧΕΩΝ ΜΗΤΡΟ. ΚΟΛΩΝ. Types— Commonly the letters SC (Senatus consulto) within a laurel-wreath; also, Crown of the αρχιερευς, inscr., ΑΡΧΙΕΡΑΤΙΚΟΝ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΕΙΣ (B. M. C., Galat., p. 167); Laurel-wreath encircling name of Legatus of Syria; Bust of the Tyche of Antioch, above, running ram; Tyche and Orontes, sometimes in shrine. On the coins from Domitian to Caracalla various numerals appear, see Zeugma, supra, p. 777. They probably indicate the month of the issue, or possibly the die-number. Æ coins of Trajan, rev. ΚΟΙΝΟΝ CΥΡΙΑC, Bust of Tyche of city, were doubtless minted at Antioch (B. M. C., Galat., p. xliii).

Antiocheni ad Daphnen. See supra, p. 763, under Antiochus IV.

Apameia (Kul'at el-Mudîk), on the Orontes or an affluent (the Axius), originally called Pharnake and then Pella. It was renamed by Seleucus I in honour of his wife Apame. It was a regal mint-place of Antiochus IV and later Syrian kings (Inscr., ΑΠΑΜΕΩΝ ΤΩΝ ΠΡΟΣ ΤΩΙ ΑΞΙΩΙ and ΑΠΑΜΕΩΝ), and shared in the Tetrapolis coinage (p. 778, supra). Autonomous Æ, second and first centuries B.C., with dates of Seleucid Era, B.C. 312: cf. B. M. C., Galat., p. lxiv, and Hunter Cat., iii. p. 191. Inscr., ΑΠΑΜΕΩΝ, ΑΠΑΜΕΩΝ ΤΗΣ ΙΕΡΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΑΣΥΛΟΥ, ΑΠΑΜΕΩΝ ΤΗΣ ΙΕΡΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΑΥΤΟΝΟΜΟΥ. Types relate to Zeus, Poseidon, Demeter, Athena, Dionysos, Nike. Elephant as rev. type. B. M. C., p. 233, No. 3, &c.; also rev. Warrior advancing, Ib. No. 1. Imperial. Imhoof, N. Z., xxxiii, p. 5, attributes the following Æ to Apameia in the time of Claudius :—Head of Zeus, rev. ΚΛΑΥΔ[ΙЄWΝ] ΑΠ[ΑΜ]ЄWΝ, Goddess of city seated, hand resting on shield, at feet, Orontes (Axius) (Hunter Cat., iii. Pl. LXXIII. 28). Also with the name Claudia only :—obv. ΚΛΑΥΔΙЄWΝ, Head of Helios; rev. ΚΛΑΥΔΙЄWΝ, Head of Selene (Imhoof, Zur gr. u. röm. Münzk., p. 236).


Balanaea (Bânias), on the shore, south of Latakiyeh (B. M. C., Galat., p. lxiv; p. 236). This town is thought by M. Rouvier to have been identical with Leucas (Rev. Biblique, Oct. 1904). Era Seleucid.


Female head. ΒΑΛΑΝΕΩΝ CΥ[ριασ] Zeus seated holding Nike. Date ‘104’ = B.C. 209/8.
Head of City. [Fox, Engr., ii. p. 30.] ΒΑΛΑΝΕΩΤΩΝ CΥ Nike standing. Date ‘104’ = B.C. 209/8.

Also with head of M. Antonius; rev. ΒΑΛΑΝΕΩΤΩΝ CΥ. Indian Dionysos in chariot.

Emisa (Homs), on the Orontes, celebrated for its temple of Elagabal, the Syrian divinity identified by the Romans with Sol and Jupiter. Imperial, Antoninus Pius to Uranius Antoninus. Inscr., ЄΜΙCΗΝΩΝ, and from Caracalla’s time, ЄΜΙCΩΝ ΚΟΛΩΝΙΑC, or ΜΗΤΡΟ. ΚΟΛ. ЄΜΙCΩΝ. Dates of Seleucid Era. Types—Eagle standing on the black conical stone of Elagabal; Great altar of Elagabal richly decorated

(J. Domna); Temple of Elagabal, within which the sacred stone, sur- rounded by a balustrade and shaded by two parasols (B. M. C., Galat., p. 239, Caracalla and Elagabalus). (This stone, transported to Rome by Elagabalus, priest of the god of Emisa, is shown on the Roman coins of that Emperor and also on those of Uranius Antoninus.) Games— ΗΛΙΑ, ΠVΘΙΑ. Silver of Uranius Antoninus with Antiochene eagle- type. Lenormant (L'Alphabet phénicien, ii. p. 4) attributes to Emisa during Imperial times the following Æ, modelled on AR of Antioch :— Obv. Dabel Malka (in Estrangelo characters), Bust of radiate Sun-god. Rev. S. C, and Eagle within wreath. On the coinage of Emisa, see, further, Dieudonné in Rev. Num., 1906, p. 132 f.


Epiphaneia, on the Orontes, the Hamath of the Old Testament, received its Greek name from Antiochus IV, Epiphanes. Autonomous Æ of second century B.C. Inscr., ΕΠΙΦΑΝΕΩΝ ΤΗΣ ΙΕΡΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΑΣΥ- ΛΟΥ. Types—Head of Tyche of city, rev. Zeus seated, holding Nike; Bust of Athena, rev. Apollo standing. Some with dates (of era of Aradus ?) as at Paltus.


Gabala (Jebeleh), south of Laodiceia ad Mare. Inscr., ΓΑΒΑΛΕΩΝ. Autonomous Æ of first century B.C.; obv. Head of Helios; rev. Fore- part of galley and date ΗΚ; obv. Bearded head, rev. Crab and crescent (Imhoof, Zur gr. u. röm. Münzk., p. 236; B. M. C., Galat., p. 243). Impe- rial—Augustus to Macrinus (or later ?). Era begins B.C. 47. Types chiefly relate to a Syrian goddess (Astarte or Aphrodite ?), who appears seated holding flower, poppy-head, &c. Also Veiled cultus-statue of the same goddess, accompanied by two sphinxes and crescent and star. Also Athena; Owl and sphinx (B. M. C., p. 244; cf. N. Z., xxxiii. p. 6); &c.

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Imperial and Colonial, Augustus to Trebonianus Gallus (or Valerian?). (α) Without name of emperor. Æ first and second century A.D. Inscr., ΙΟΥΛΙЄWΝ ΤWΝ ΚΑΙ ΛΑΟΔΙΚЄWΝ. Bust of Athena, rev. Bust of Sarapis. (β) With name of Emperor. Inscr., ΙΟΥΛΙΕΩΝ ΤΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΛΑΟΔΙΚΕΩΝ; under Sept. Severus, ΙΟΥΛ·ΛΑΟΔΙ·CЄΟV·ΜΗΤΡΟ- ΠΟΛЄWC. From time of Caracalla, inscr., chiefly in Latin, COL. LAOD. METROPOLEOS or LAVDICEON. Types chiefly relate to the Tyche of

Laodiceia, whose head is sometimes wreathed with bunches of grapes, the vineyards of the neighbourhood being famous (Strabo, xvi. p. 752). The Tyche seated, with river-god at feet, and four Cities standing before her. Also, Two Wrestlers; Two Centaurs supporting agonistic crown; Modius and inscr., AETERNVM BENEFICIVM (an Imperial benefaction of corn to the city: N. C., 1900, p. 100); Armed female figure standing between two stags, probably reproducing the old statue of Artemis Brauronia that Seleucus I brought from Susa to Laodiceia, where it was in existence in the time of Pausanias (B. M. C., Galat., p. lxviii). There are AR tetradrachms of Augustus and later emperors, rev. Bust of Tyche. Era, Caesarian. B.C. 48. Games—ΑΝΤΟΝΙΝΙ- ΑΝΑ, ΡVΤΗΙΑ (B. M. C., p. 259).

Larissa (Kul'at es-Seijâr), on the Orontes. Autonomous Æ of first century B.C. Inscr., ΛΑΡΙΣΑΙΩΝ ΤΗΣ. ΙΕΡΑΣ. Types—Head of Zeus, rev. Throne of Zeus; Head of City, rev. Horse walking (B. M. C., Galat., p. lxviii f.).


Nicopolis Seleucidis (B. M. C., Galat., p. lxix). Imperial, Com- modus to Philip. Inscr., ΝЄΙΚΟΠΟΛЄΙΤΩΝ ΤΗC CЄΛЄΥΚΙΔΟC Τ. ΙЄΡΑC; ΝЄΙΚΟΠΟΛЄΙΤΩΝ CЄΛЄΥΚΙΔΟC. Types—Wreath; Nemesis in shrine; Artemis (?) and nymph; beneath, river-god, above, Eros flying with torch.


Paltus (Baldeh), between Gabala and Balanaea. Imperial, Sept. Severus to Herennius Etruscus. Inscr., ΠΑΛΤΗΝΩΝ. Types—Dios- kuri; Athena; Nike; Bust of J. Domna (?) as Tyche. Era begins in autumn of B.C. 259 or 258 (Imhoof, Rev. Suisse, viii. p. 44 f.; B. M. C., Galat., p. lxx).


Raphanea (Rafniyeh), south-west of Epiphaneia (Hamah). Imperial, Caracalla to Severus Alexander. Inscr., ΡЄΦΑΝЄΩΤΩΝ. Chief type— Male figure (Genius of the city ?), seated or standing, holding phiale and cornucopiae; in front, bull; on either side, eagle.


Rhosus, on the Gulf of Issus. Autonomous Æ, second and first cen- turies B.C. Chief type—Obv. Head of the Tyche of Rhosus, rev. ΡΩΣΕΩΝ ΤΗΣ ΙЄΡΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΑΣΥΛΟΥ. Syrian divinity (Hadad ?) horned standing between two recumbent bulls (B. M. C., Galat., p. lxx); cf. similar types described under Dium in Decapolis infra. Also Head of Zeus, rev. ΡΩΣЄΩΝ ΙЄΡΑΣ, Bust of the Tyche. Imperial, Commodus to Caracalla. Inscr., ΡΩCЄΩΝ ΙЄΡΑC, Bust of Artemis or Selene, &c. Era begins B.C. 39 (Macdonald, Journ. Internat., 1903, p. 47).


Seleuceia Pieria (Seleukiyeh), the port of Antioch. Founded by Se- leucus I, it was a mint of the Syrian kings in the second century B.C. (inscr. on Æ, ΣΕΛΕΥΚΕΩΝ ΤΩΝ ΕΜ ΠΙΕΡΙΑΙ). Autonomous AR of second and first century B.C. :—

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Bust of Tyche of Seleuceia. ΣΕΛΕΥΚΕΩΝ ΤΗΣ ΙΕΡΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΑΥΤΟΝΟΜΟΥ Thunderbolt (with fillet attached) on cushion placed on stool.
AR Tetrad. 230-215 grs.

AR Drachm; also 1/2
Drachm with rev. Nike.
Head of Zeus. [Z. f. N., iii. 350.] ΣΕΛΕΥΚΕΩΝ ΤΗΣ ΑΥΤΟΝΟΜΟΥ Thunderbolt.
AR Diobol

Also Æ of second century. Inscr., ΣΕΛΕΥΚΕΩΝ; ΣΕΛΕΥΚΕΩΝ ΤΩΝ ΕΜ ΓΙΙΕΡΙΑΙ; ΣΕΛΕΥΚΕΩΝ ΤΗΣ ΙΕΡΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΑΥΤΟΝΟΜΟΥ. Types—Head of Zeus, rev. Thunderbolt; Head of Apollo, rev. Tripod; Head of Zeus, rev. Three naked Kuretes (Hirsch, Auct. Cat., xiii. 4115). Also Æ of the Tetrapolis, see supra, p. 778. Eras—On the Æ, Seleucid; on the AR are years probably reckoned from the era of the autonomy of the town, beginning B.C. 108 (or 109).

Imperial, Augustus to Severus Alexander. (Tetradrachms were struck under Augustus, and there are also quasi-autonomous Æ of the second century.) Inscr., usually CЄΛЄΥΚЄΩΝ ΠΙЄΡΙΑC, also CЄΛЄΥ- ΚЄΩΝ ΤΗC ΙЄΡΑC ΚΑΙ ΑΥΤΟΝΟΜΟΥ. Types—Thunderbolt on stool or on roof of shrine, each type sometimes with inscr. ΖЄΥC ΚЄΡΑΥ- ΝΙΟC; Sacred stone with shrine, which is surmounted by eagle, or within temple, generally with inscr. ΖЄΥC ΚΑCΙΟC. Era—Actian (B.C. 31); also (on coin of Augustus) the era of Seleuceia (B.C. 108 or 109). The types (B. M. C., Galat., p. lxxi) of this city mainly relate to Zeus Keraunios and to Zeus Kasios, the latter a Semitic divinity identified with Zeus and honoured with annual festivals on Mount Kasios, south of Seleuceia. The thunderbolt was a cultus-object of Zeus Keraunios, and, according to one account, was connected with the foundation of the city; cf. Appian, Syr. 58 φασι δε αυτω τας Σελευκειας οικιζοντι, την μεν επι τη θαλασση, διοσημλαν ηγησασθαι κεραυνου και δια τουτο θεον αυτοις κεραυνον εθετο και θρησκευουσι και υμνουσι και νον κεραυνον.

VI. Coele-Syria

Coele-Syria, in its more restricted sense, comprised the small tract between Mounts Lebanon and Antilibanus; but in a more general way the name was applied to all the country east and south-east of the latter range of mountains.

Chalcis sub Libano (Mejdel ‘Anjar), at the foot of Antilibanus (B. M. C., Galat., p. lxxiii, cf. liv). This city, together with the neighbouring Heliopolis, the valley of the Marsyas and the mountainous region of Ituraea, constituted a Tetrarchy, the whole or portions of which were governed in the first century B.C. by rulers who took the titles of τετρορχης and αρχιερευς.


Ptolemy, son of Mennaeus, circ. B.C. 85-40.

Head of Zeus, laur. ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΤΕΤΡΑΡΧΟΥ Eagle flying.
Æ .85
Id. ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΤΕΤΡΑΡΧΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΑΡΧΙΙΕΡ (sic) Two warriors stand- ing facing, holding spears; laurel- wreath.
Æ .75

Lysanias, son of Ptolemy the son of Mennaeus, B.C. 40-36.

Head of Lysanias, diademed. ΛΥΣΑΝΙΟΥ ΤΕΤΡΑΡΧΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΑΡ- ΧΙΕΡΕΩΣ Athena Nikephoros stand- ing.
Æ .75

From B.C. 36 to 30 the dominions of Lysanias were in the hands of Cleopatra. After her death they were farmed by Zenodorus, who, how- ever, in B.C. 24 lost Batanea, Trachonitis, and Auranitis on their being handed over by Augustus to Herod I. He retained Oulatha and Paneas till his death in B.C. 20.

Zenodorus, son of Lysanias, B.C. 30-20.

Head of Octavian. ΖΗΝΟΔΩΡΟΥ ΤΕΤΡΑΡΧΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΑΡΧΙΕΡΕΩΣ Head of Zenodorus.

With date ‘87’ of an era beginning either B.C. 117 or B.C. 114 (B. M.C., Galat., p. 281).

For later coins of the kingdom of Chalcis see Judaea.

Damascus. The earliest coins are Alexandrine tetradrachms, symbol, fore-part of ram (Müller, Nos. 1338-1346), belonging to circ. B.C. 300 or later. Autonomous Æ of second and first centuries B.C. with dates of Seleucid era (cf. Demetrias). Inscr., ΔΑΜΑΣΚΗΝΩΝ. Types—Head of Tyche; Tyche standing; Ram; Stag; &c. (see De Saulcy, Terre- Sainte, p. 30 f.). On Damascus as a probable mint of the later Seleucid kings see supra, p. 772, and as a mint of the Nabathaean kings see under Arabia, p. 811.


Imperial, Augustus to Severus Alexander. Inscr., ΔΑΜΑCΚΗΝWΝ; ΔΑΜΑCΚΗΝWΝ ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛЄWC; ΔΑΜΑCΚΟV ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛЄΟC; ΔΑΜΑCΚΟV ΙЄΡΑC ΚΑΙ ЄΝΔΟΞΟV. Colonial, Philip I to Gallienus. Inscr., COL ΔΑΜAS METRO. Types (B. M. C., Galat., p. lxxv; De Saulcy, op. cit.), chiefly representations of the Tyche of Damascus. Also, the river-god Chrysoroas (Barada) reclining, inscribed ΠΗΓΑΙ (Fig. 344) (cf. De Saulcy, p. 47, No. 9; Imhoof, Nymphen, p. 170, No. 470;

coin image
FIG. 344.

Pl. XI. 3); Ram standing; Shrine of the Tyche, and two female figures each supporting a cage containing a cock; Doe suckling child (see Rossbach in Neue Jahrb., vii. 395); Horse and bull facing, between them, cypress; Maenad (?) holding vine-branch (De Saulcy, p. 52, No. 10; Rev. Num., 1844, p. 14). Games, CЄΒΑCΜΙΑ (Clermont-Gan- neau in Rec. d'Arch. d'Orient, Aug. 1901), ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑ, ΑΓΙΑ ΙЄΡΑ CЄΒΑCΜΙΑ. Dates. On coins of the earlier emperors dates of the Seleucid era occur.
Demetrias, in the neighbourhood of, or perhaps only a temporary name of, Damascus (B. M. C., Galat., p. lxxvi; Hunter Cat., iii. p. 115; and Dussaud in Journ. Asiat., 1904). Bronze of first century B.C. Inscr., ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΕΩΝ ΤΗΣ ΙΕΡΑΣ; obv. Head of Demetrius III, rev. Tyche of Demetrias seated, river-god at feet; obv. Head of the Tyche, rev. Nike (also rev. Tyche); obv. Young head (Antiochus XII ?), rev. Zeus (?) standing. Imperial coins, Tiberius to M. Aurelius, inscribed ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΕΩΝ, with types, Head of Tyche. Female figure holding ears of corn, apparently belong to this town (cf. De Saulcy, Terre-Sainte, p. 58).

Heliopolis (Baalbek). Colonial, Sept. Severus to Gallienus (B. M. C., Galat., p. lxxvii; De Saulcy. op. cit., p. 6). Inscr., COL. HEL. COLL · IVL · AVG · FEL · HEL. Types—Temple of Jupiter Heliopolitanus with inscr. I · O · M · H = Jovi optimo maximo Heliopolitano; Propy- laeum of the same temple, I · O · M · H ·; Temple on rock approached by lofty staircase; Mercury (the triad of Heliopolitan divinities consisted of Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury: Perdrizet, Comptes rendus de l'Acad. des inscr., 1901, p. 128); Bust of the Tyche; the Tyche standing, on each side a standing figure and two Victories holding veil over her head; Two figures (of Herakles?) each holding club and stag(?) (Brit. Mus.); Two naked figures each holding vexillum and stag (?) (Brit. Mus.); Three agonistic crowns, inscr. CERT · SACR · CAP · OEC · ISE · HEL · = Certa- mina Sacra Capitolina Oecumenica Iselastica Heliopolitana; Two athletes supporting crown; Athlete drawing lots from urn.


Besides the above described Æ there are billon tetradrachms of J. Domna, and of Caracalla, of the Antiochene class, rev. Eagle, ΔΗΜ ΑΡΧ &c.; symbol, bust of Helios.

Laodiceia ad Libanum, on the Orontes (De Saulcy, T. S., p. 3 f.; cf. B. M. C., Galat., p. lxxviii). Imperial, Sept. Severus to Caracalla. Inscr., ΛΑΟΔΙΚЄΩΝ ΠΡΟC ΛΙΒΑΝΩ. Chief Type, ΜΗΝ standing beside horse.


Leucas on the Chrysoroas (B. M. C., Galat., p. lxxviii). Imperial, Claudius to Gordian III (some without emperors’ heads). Inscr., ΛΕΥ- ΚΑΔΙΩΝ ΤΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΚΛΑΥΔΙΑΙΩΝ; ΚΛΑΥΔΙΕΩΝ ΤΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΛΕΥΚΑ- ΔΙΩΝ; ΛΕΥΚΑΔΙΩΝ, &c. Types—Emperor standing in quadriga; Hera- kles; Nike; River-god ΧΡΥCΟΡΟΑC. Eras—(i) Beginning B.C. 38-7; (ii) A.D. 48.


Posidium (el-Bouseit), on a bay at the south-west base of Mount Casius. The following small coin has been attributed to this town (cf. B. M. C., Galat., p. lxxix) :—Obv. Baal seated holding grapes; in field, fulmen. Rev. ΠΟΣΙ[Δ]..... Bearded head in pilos. AR Size .55. Wt. 64.7 grains.

VII. Trachonitis

Caesareia Panias (Banias), at the foot of Mount Hermon (B. M. C., Galat., p. lxxx f.). This city, at first called Panias, formed part of the tetrarchy of Zenodorus (see Chalcis sub Libano). In B.C. 20 it was

handed over to Herod the Great, who apparently changed the name to Caesareia and built, near its celebrated Grotto of Pan, a splendid temple in honour of Augustus. Herod Philip II rebuilt the city and called it Caesareia Philippi (cf. Matt. xvi. 13; Mark viii. 27). Agrippa II changed the name to Neronias. The coins prove that from about the time of M. Aurelius it was generally known as Caesareia Panias, or Caesareia Augusta sub Panio. Imperial, M. Aurelius to J. Maesa. Inscr., ΚΑΙ. CΕΒ. ΙΕΡ. ΚΑΙ ΑCΥ. ΥΠ. ΠΑΝΕΙΩ, or Τ. ΠΡ. ΠΑΝ Hunter Cat., iii. p. 222); ΚΑΙCΑΡ. ΠΑΝΙΑΔΟC; ΚΑΙCΑΡΙΑ ΠΑΝΙΑC. A coin of Sev. Alexander Caesar, A.D. 221-222, reading COL. CESARIA ITVR[aeae], which has been attributed to this mint (Z. f. N., xxiv. p. 133), is more probably of Caesareia ad Libanum. Types—Zeus; Pan standing playing flute; Temenos of Pan, within which the god standing; Lagobolon and syrinx (N. C., 1900, p. 294). Dates of the era of the city beginning B.C. 3


Æ coins of Augustus (B. M. C., Galat., p. lxxx), with rev. C A within wreath (= ‘Caesareia Augusta’ ?), have been attributed, with little proba- bility, to Caesareia Panias, for these pieces are found not only in Palestine but also in Asia Minor (near Smyrna) and in Hayling Island, England, and C A may mean ‘Commune Asiae’, i.e. κοινον ‘Ασιας (Froehner’s Mélanges d'epigr., 1875, p. 76), or simply ‘Caesar Augustus’ (Th. Reinach).

Gaba, probably identical with the ‘Gabe’ of Pliny, v. 18 (B. M. C., Galat., p. lxxxii; p. 300). Imperial, Titus to Caracalla. Inscr., ΚΛΑΥΔΙ. ΦΙΛΙΠ. ΓΑΒΗΝΩΝ; ΓΑΒΗΝΩΝ. Usual type, Mên standing. Dates of era of Gaba beginning B.C. 61 (or B.C. 60?).


VIII. Decapolis

Abila (Abîl), twelve miles east of Gadara. Imperial, M. Aurelius to Caracalla (De Saulcy, T. S., p. 309 f.). Inscr., CΕ. ΑΒΙΛΗΝΩΝ Ι. Α. Α. Γ. ΚΟΙ. CΥ (= CЄΛЄΥΚΕΩΝ ΑΒΙΛΗΝΩΝ ΙЄΡΑC ΑCΥΛΟΥ ΑΥΤΟΝΟ- ΜΟΥ ΓΝΩΡΙΜΟΥ (?) ΚΟΙΛΗC CΥΡΙΑC); CЄ. ΑΒΙΛΗΝΩΝ ΚΟΙ. CΥ. Types—Herakles; Cornucopiae; Bunch of grapes (cf. Euseb. πολις οινοφορος); Temple flanked by towers. Era, Pompeian (B.C. 64).


Antiocheia ad Hippum (Hippus). Site at Khurbet Sûsîyeh, on the east of the Lake of Gennesaret (B. M. C., Galat., p. lxxxiii). Imperial, Nero to Caracalla. Inscr., ΑΝΤΙΟΧ. ΠΡ. ΙΠ. ΙЄΡ. ΑCΥΛΟ; ΙΠΠΗΝΩΝ. Types—Tyche of the city holding horse; Horse standing; Horse’s head; Pegasos (Rev. Suisse, 1908, pp. 127, 128). Era, Pompeian (B.C. 64).


Canata or Canatha (Kunawât). See B. M. C., Galat., p. lxxxiv. Imperial, Claudius to Commodus. Inscr., ΚΑΝΑΤΗΝΩΝ; ΚΑΝΑΘΗ- ΝΩΝ ΓΑΒЄΙΝ. (the epithet Gabinia was probably derived from Gabinius the Proconsul of Syria). Types—Tyche of the city; Head of Athena; Dionysos; Head of Zeus (probably the Ζευς μεγιστος of Canata); Astarte standing. Era, Pompeian (B.C. 64).


Capitolias, probably at Beit-er-Râs, south-east of Gadara. Imperial, M. Aurelius to Macrinus. Inscr., ΚΑΠΙΤΩΛΙЄΩΝ Ι. Α. Α (= ΙЄΡΑC ΑCΥΛΟΥ ΑΥΤΟΝΟΜΟΥ). Prevalent type—Astarte (or the Tyche of the city?) standing in temple. Dates from local era beginning A.D. 97 or 98.


Dium (Eidun ?), near Pella. Imperial, Caracalla and Geta. Inscr., ΔЄΙΗΝΩΝ. Type—Hadad? (cf. Rev. arch., 1894, pt. 2, p. 250), horned, standing between two bulls. A somewhat similar type occurs on other Syrian coins, at Rhosus, Hieropolis in Cyrrhestica, Neapolis in Samaria, and on tetradrachms of Antiochus XII (B. M. C., Galat., p. lxxxv). Era, Pompeian (B.C. 64).


Gadara (Umm Keis), south-east of the Sea of Galilee, was rebuilt by Pompey circ. B.C. 63 and made a free city. Autonomous Æ First century B.C. Obv. Head of Tyche, rev. ΓΑΔΑΡЄWΝ, Cornucopiae and date ‘18’ [Brit. Mus.]. Imperial, Augustus to Gordian III. Inscr., ΓΑΔΑΡЄΙΣ; ΓΑΔΑΡΑ; ΓΑΔΑΡЄWΝ; ΠΟΜΠΗΙЄWΝ ΓΑΔΑΡЄWΝ (or abbreviated), also with addition of Ι (=ΙЄΡΑC) Α (= ΑCΥΛΟΥ) Α (= ΑΥΤΟΝΟΜΟΥ) Γ (= ?). Κ. CΥ (= ΚΟΙΛΗC CΥΡΙΑC). Types— Bust of Tyche; Bust of Herakles; Two cornuacopiae; Zeus in temple; Male figure between two lions (De Saulcy. T. S., p. 303, No. 8); Galley with rowers and inscr. ΝΑΥΜΑ ? (= ναυμαχια). Era, Pompeian (B.C. 64).


Gerasa (Jerash). Imperial, Hadrian to Severus Alexander. Types relate to Artemis as Tyche of the city, with inscr. ΑΡΤЄΜΙC ΤΥΧΗ ΓЄΡΑCΩΝ (B. M.C., Galat., p. lxxxviii; N. C., 1900, p. 295). Coins of M. Aurelius and L. Verus are inscribed ΑΝ. ΤΩ. ΠΡ. ΧΡ. ΤΩ. ΠΡ. ΓЄ. (= ‘Αντιοχεων των προς Χρυσοροα (the local river) των προτερον Γερασηνων). The name of Antioch borne by Gerasa is known also from lapidary inscriptions of the second century A.D. (Perdrizet in Revue biblique, July, 1900, p. 441; cf. Rev. Num., 1900, p. 487).


Pella (Tubukat el Fahil), about twenty miles south of the Sea of Galilee. Imperial, Commodus, Lucilla, and Elagabalus (De Saulcy, T. S., p. 291 f.). Inscr., ΠЄΛΛΑΙΩΝ. Types—Athena; Male figure standing holding phiale; Tyche of City seated, and River-god [Brit. Mus.]. Era, Pom- peian (B.C. 64).


Philadelpheia (Amman), the Rahbath-Ammon of the Old Testament. The city as it existed in the third century B.C. was rebuilt and renamed by Ptolemy Philadelphus. Imperial, Hadrian to Severus Alexander (B. M. C., Galat., p. lxxxix). Inscr., ΦΙΛΑΔЄΛΦЄΩΝ ΚΟΙΛΗC CΥΡΙΑC; ΦΙΛ. ΚΟΙ. CΥΡΙ. Types relate chiefly to the Tyrian Herakles; Bust of Herakles; Four-horse car of Herakles, ΗΡΑΚΛЄΙΟΝ ΑΡΜΑ, doubtless employed in festal processions to carry cultus-objects, like the ΙЄΡΑ ΑΠΗΜΗ of Ephesian coins (supra, p. 577); Bust of ΘЄΑ ΑCΤЄΡΙΑ, the mother of the Tyrian Herakles.



IX. Phoenicia

[Hill, Brit. Mus. Cat., Phoenicia, 1910; Babelon, Les Perses Achéménides ... et Phénicie, 1893; Rouvier, Numismatique des Villes de la Phénicie (Journal Intern. d'Archëologie Numism., iii-vii (1900-1904).

Aradus was built on an island off the northern coast of Phoenicia. Its coinage begins about the same time as that of Tyre and Sidon, towards the end of the fifth century B.C.; but unlike those cities Aradus made use of the Persic standard for its silver staters, probably on account of its proximity to and commerce with the island of Cyprus, where alone that standard was then in use.


The early coinage of Aradus may be arranged in the following classes :—

Late fifth and early fourth centuries B.C.

מא (‘ex Arado’). Phoenician fish-god, holding dolphin in each hand. Galley with sea-horse beneath [Babe- lon, Perses Ach., Pl. XXII. 1, &c.]
AR 55 grs., AR 27 grs.
מא Half-figure of fish-god. Prow with dolphin beneath [Ibid., Pl. XXII. 7, &c.].
AR 11 grs.

First half of fourth century B.C.

Head of Melkart laureate, of archaic style. [Babelon, No. 878.] מא Galley on waves.
AR Attic Tetradr. 257.12 grs.
Id. [Babelon, Pl. XXII. 12 f.] Id.
AR Persic Stater 165 grs., and divisions 54, and 14.5 grs.

Circ. B.C. 350-332.

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FIG. 345.

Staters similar to those of preceding period, with regnal dates (10-17) or (numeral ?) letters (Fig. 345); this is possibly the coinage of the Gero- stratus who sided with Alexander. Also bronze (size .55) with types, Fish-god, rev. Galley. Certain minute AR coins (2.3 grs. and under), obv. Bearded head, rev. Galley, Tortoise, Head of one of the Phoenician Pataekoi, &c., probably belong to both this period and the preceding.

Circ. B.C. 332-323.

Strato, son of Gerostratus.

Head of Melkart.
[Bouvier, Villes de Phénicie, No. 106.]
עב (‘Abdastart). Galley.
AR Obol 10 grs.

Circ. B.C. 330-260.

On the Macedonian conquest Aradus abandoned its ancient standard of weight for the Attic, and struck gold staters and silver tetradrachms with Alexandrine types (Müller, Cl. II, III, and IV, Nos. 1360-79), dis- tinguished by the monogram ΑΡ (B. M. Guide, Pl. XXVII. 3, 4). Some of these are dated by the era of the conquest of Phoenicia (B.C. 333/2). They probably ceased with the reign of Antiochus I (B.C. 281-261), on some of whose tetradrachms the same monogram occurs. Probably to the same period is to be assigned the Attic tetrobol with obv. Beardless laureate head, rev. מא Prow (Babelon, Perses Ach., Pl. XXIII. 2).

Circ. B.C. 259-171.

The era of Aradus, according to which all the subsequent coins of the city are dated, commences in B.C. 259. The coins fall into the following classes:—

(i) Alexandrine gold staters, silver tetradrachms, and bronze. Monogram ΑΡ. Many of the tetradrachms (Müller, Cl. V) bear the symbol Palm-tree, and (α) Phoenician dates corresponding to B.C. 243-215 or (β) Greek dates, B.C. 202-171.

(ii) The contemporary smaller coinage consists of Attic tetrobols, half-drachms, diobols, and bronze, with Phoenician dates from B.C. 243, and the mono- gram ΑΡ.

Head of Zeus or Melkart. Prow with or without Athena as figure- head.
AR Tetrobol, ½ Dr., or Diobol
Head of Tyche. Prow.
AR ½ Dr.
Id. Prow with or without Athena as figure- head.
Æ .9-.65
Id. Stern of ship.
Æ .7
Head of Zeus. Beak of ship.
Æ .7

Circ. B.C. 174-137 and later.
Head of Poseidon, crowned with marine plant. [Babelon, Pl. XXIII. 14.] ΑΡΑΔΙΩΝ Zeus standing; symbol, palm-tree; date=B.C. 174.
AR Attic Tetradr.
Bee, and dates = B.C. 174-110.
[See Ephesus, p. 575.]
ΑΡΑΔΙΩΝ Stag and palm-tree.
AR Attic Dr.
Head of Zeus. Beak of ship.
Æ .7
Head of Tyche. Poseidon seated on prow.
Æ .85
Id. Aplustre.
Æ .55

Circ. B.C. 137-45.

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FIG. 346.

Some time in the reign of Alexander Bala (B.C. 152-144) Aradus, which had been long at feud with its neighbour Marathus, succeeded in destroying that town, and probably obtained thenceforth a consider- able accession of wealth and power, for we find it, shortly after that event, in a position to send into the market vast quantities of dated tetradrachms, the series of which extends from B.C. 137 down to B.C. 45. The weight of these tetradrachms is Rhodian(?), being intermediate between the Attic and Tyrian standards. The drachms with Ephesian types (see above) continued to be issued until B.C. 110.

Head of Tyche, veiled and turreted (Fig. 346). ΑΡΑΔΙΩΝ Nike standing, holding aplustre and palm; in field, Greek date and Phoenician and Greek letters.
AR Tetradr. 239 grs.
Head of Zeus. Prow with Athena as figure-head (B.C. 130-110).
AR Tetrobol
Æ size .6
Head of Tyche. Prow (B.C. 119-109).
AR ½ Dr.
Head of Gorgon. Aplustre (B.C. 111, 110).
AR Diobol
Head of Astarte veiled. Humped bull (B.C. 96).
AR Drachm
Id. Id. (B.C. 94-21).
Æ .85
Head of Tyche. Poseidon seated on prow.
Æ .85
Heads of Zeus and a goddess jugate. Prow with Athena as figure-head (B.C. 137-52).
Æ .75
Head of Zeus. Prow (B.C. 84-45).
Æ .7

Bronze coins with the head of M. Antonius were issued in B.C. 38/7 and 35/4.

Imperial, Tiberius to Gordian. Inscr., ΑΡΑΔΙΩΝ. Usual types— Head of Astarte wearing stephane and veil, before which is the head of the Emperor, smaller in size than that of the goddess, rev. Running bull; Tyche seated on rudder; Vase between two sphinxes; Cypress-tree between lion and bull, each accompanied by legionary standard.

Also occasional quasi-autonomous coins, partly with the old types, to A.D. 116. A silver tetradrachm of Caracalla of the Antiochene class (symbol, crab and crescent) may have been issued at Aradus or Ascalon (Imhoof-Blumer, Gr. Münzen, 786).

Berytus (Beyrout), a coast-town between Byblus and Sidon. It was a mint for AV, AR, and Æ of Ptolemy II, III, and V (symbol, trident), and also for Seleucid AR and Æ (Antiochus IV to Antiochus VIII). In the second century the coins hear a Phoenician inscription ללאדכא אש בכנען meaning ‘of Laodiceia which is in Canaan’ (i. e. Phoenicia) (Rev. Arch., 1897, p. 302); also often the letters ΛΑ ΦΟΙ or ΒΗ ΦΟL Autonomous Æ from second century; inscr. as above, or ‘of Berit’ in Phoenician; later ΒΗΡΥΤΙWΝ. Types—Head of Tyche; Poseidon in car drawn by hippocamps; Astarte on prow, &c. Era begins B.C. 80. Æ of Cleo- patra VII (q.v.), in B.C. 31 (Svoronos, Νομ. Πτολ., 1886-9). Colonial (from circ. B.C. 15), Augustus to Salonina; also small bronze without Emperors’ heads. Inscr., BER., C. B., COL. BER., COL. IVL. AVG. FEL. BER., COL. ANT. AVG. FEL. BER., &c. Other inscriptions: SEC(uritas) SAEC(uli); DECENNALES ANTONINI COS III. Types—usual colonial; Astarte; Temple of Astarte; Poseidon; Temple of Poseidon; Poseidon

seizing Beroë; Dionysos; Agora gateway with figure of ‘Marsyas’; the eight Kabiri; Eshmun-Asklepios with two serpents, &c. Under Cara- calla and Macrinus, silver ‘Antiochene’ tetradrachms; symbol, trident and dolphin.

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Botrys, between Byblus and Tripolis. Quasi-autonomous (time of Augustus) and Imperial (Elagabalus to Severus Alexander). Inscr., ΒΟΤΡΥΗΝWΝ. Era (Actian) begins B.C. 31. Types—Astarte in temple; Grapes; Amphora.


Byblus (Gebal), a coast-town at the foot of Mount Lebanon, between Botrys and Berytus, famous as the scene of the myth of Adonis, who was here worshipped under the name of Thammuz. Isis also was fabled to have come to Byblus, where she sought and found the chest containing the corpse of Osiris slain by Typhon. The earliest coins of Byblus are autonomous silver pieces of the kings of Byblus, Elpaal, Azbaal, Ainel or Enylus, the contemporary of Alexander the Great, B.C. 333 (Arrian, ii. 20. 1) and Adramelek, B.C. 315 (?) (Six, Num. Chron., 1877, p. 182).


Phoenician Standard, circ. B.C. 400-315 (?).
Galley, with horse’s head as figure- head, manned by three armed men; beneath, hippocamp. Vulture standing on an incuse ram.
AR Stater and Fourth; also smaller divisions varied. [De Luynes, Satrap., Pl. XVI. 46, 47.]
[Babelon, Perses Ach., Pl. XXVI. 12.]
Lion devouring a bull, of which the head is in relief and the body incuse. Inscr. in Phoenician letters לפעל מלך גבל (= Elpaal Melek Gebal).
AR Stater and divisions.
Id. [Babelon. Perses Ach., Pl. XXVI. 20, &c.] Lion devouring bull. Inscr. in Phoeni- cian letters עזבעל מלך גבל (= Azbaal Melek Gebal); עינאל מלך גבל (= Ainel Melek Gebal); or גבלאדרמלך מלך (= Adramelek Melek Gebal).
AR 213 grs. and 13 grs.

Second and first centuries B.C.

The next coins of Byblus are bronze of the Seleucidae from Antiochus IV to Antiochus VIII, rev. usually Phoenician god Kronos represented as a standing figure with six wings and a horned head-dress (cf. Rev. Num., 1856, p. 394, and Imhoof, Monn. gr., p. 442).

There are also autonomous bronze coins of the first century B.C.; inscr. in Phoenician letters לגבל קדשת ‘of Gebal the holy’. Types— Head of Tyche; Kronos; Isis Pharia; Crown of ΕΙCΙC; Isis-Astarte standing; Harpokrates; &c. (Imhoof, Monn. gr., p. 442). Quasi-auto- nomous Æ, dated by Actian Era. Imperial Æ, Augustus to Severus Alex- ander. Inscr., ΒΥΒΛΙΩΝ, ΒΥΒΛΟΥ ΙЄΡΑC, &c. Usual types—Temple of Astarte, in which her statue standing with one foot on prow; Isis Pharia; Temple with court containing conical baetyl; &c.

Caesareia ad Libanum, at the north-west foot of Mount Lebanon. Imperial, Antoninus Pius and Aurelius. Inscr., ΚΑΙCΑΡЄΙΑC ΛΙ-

ΒΑΝΟΥ or ΚΑΙCΑΡЄΩΝ ΤΩΝ ЄΝ ΤΩ ΛΙΒΑΝΩ, with Seleucid dates. Colonial—Elagabalus to Severus Alexander, COL. CAESAREA LIB.; sometimes also ITVR(aeae ?). Types—Half-length simulacrum of Astarte in temple (as described by Macrobius, Sat., i. 21. 5); Astarte in Temple, crowned by standing figure, River-god at her feet. Dates according to the Seleucid era.


Carne or Carnos. To this place, the mainland port of Aradus (Strabo, 753), coins have been attributed with Phoenician dates reckoned from the era of Aradus, B.C. 259, ranging from B.C. 226-137. Inscr., ΚΑΡ or קרן. Alexandrine AR tetradrachm; AR Attic tetrobols with Aradian types or Cornucopiae; Æ with Aradian types, also Asklepios-Eshmun crowned by Nike; Cornucopiae; &c.


Dora (Tantura), in the south of Phoenicia. Autonomous (first cen- tury B.C.) and Imperial, Vespasian to Antoninus Pius, with Greek dates computed from the Pompeian era, B.C. 64. Inscr., ΔWΡΙΤWΝ, ΔWΡ. ΙЄΡ. ΑCΥΛ. ΑΥΤΟΝ. ΝΑΥΑΡΧ[ιδοσ], ΔWΡΑ ΙЄΡΑ. Types—Head of Doros or Tyche, rev. Astarte standing holding vexillum.


Gebal. See Byblus.

Laodiceia Phoeniciae. See Berytus.

Marathus (site Amrit). This important city was the most northern coast town of Phoenicia. It was continually at feud with its near neigh- bour Aradus, which appears to have succeeded in destroying it between B.C. 149 and 145, in the reign of Alexander Bala; it was subsequently revived (perhaps as an Aradian colony).


Its earliest coins are a silver drachm of the types of the Alexandrine AV Staters (Babelon, Perses Ach., Pl. XXVIII. 1) and tetradrachms with Alexandrine types (Müller, 1396; symbol, Palm-tree), dated in the thirtieth year of the era of Aradus (B.C. 259) = B.C. 229. Shortly after this the series of the Marathenian coins begins, and extends down to circ. B.C. 150. The silver coins have Greek legends and the bronze Phoenician, nearly all being dated in the usual Phoenician manner, e.g. ΙΙΙ—ΝΝΝשת (= Shenath 73).

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FIG. 347.

Attic Standard.
Head of the city, turreted (Fig. 347). ΜΑΡΑΘΗΝΩΝ Marathos holding ap- lustre and branch, seated on shields. In front, Phoenician date 33 (= B.C. 226).
AR Attic tetradr. 258 grs.

Head of Queen Berenice II (?), veiled. ΜΑΡΑΘΗΝΩΝ Marathos standing beside column, holding aplustre. Phoenician date 34 (= B.C. 225) and 73.
AR 36 grs.
Id. מרת Asklepios-Eshmun, with serpent staff. Dates 33 and 35.
Æ .8
Id. מרת Marathos standing. Dates 40- 108.
Æ .9
Id. Prow. Date 73.
Æ .6
Bust of Ptolemy VI as Hermes. מרת Marathos standing. Dates 80-91.
Æ .85
Bust of Tyche. Id. Dates 103-105.
Æ .65
Female bust, laureate. מרת Nike. Dates 85-90.
Æ .65
Head of Zeus. ΜΑΡΑ or no city-name. Double cor- nucopiae. Phoenician dates 120- 168, Greek dates 236-375.
Æ .9

For other types see Rouvier, Num. des Villes de la Phénicie.

Orthosia, between Aradus and Tripolis. Autonomous bronze of first century B.C., and quasi-autonomous. Inscr., ΟΡΘΩΣΙΕΩΝ; chief type— Dionysos Pogon in car drawn by winged panthers. Era, Seleucid. Imperial, Nero to Severus Alexander. Types—Dionysos (as on earlier coins); Temple of Astarte; &c.


Ptolemais-Ace (‘Akka, St. Jean d'Acre). The coinage of this city begins with Alexander the Great; staters and tetradrachms with dates 6-40, i. e. by the era of Alexander in Phoenicia, from B.C. 328/7 to 294/3; also undated, during the period 332-328. On these coins the city is named Ace (עך). It was re-named Ptolemais by Ptolemy II. The Ptolemaic coinage begins in B.C. 261 (a few undated pieces may be earlier), and continues until the acquisition of the city by Antiochus III in B.C. 200. Seleucid coinage from Antiochus IV to Antiochus XII (circ. B.C. 175-84); interrupted by a coin struck by Ptolemy VI in B.C. 148, during the struggle between Alexander Bala and Demetrius. The mint-mark is usually a monogram of ΠΤ or ΠΤΟ; we also find ΑΝΤΙΟΧΕΩΝ ΤΩΝ ΕΝ ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΔΙ from Antiochus IV (who therefore founded a colony there named after himself) to the first century B.C. The other names survived, however; עך and ΠΤΟ are found on contemporary coins. From circa B.C. 44 the coins read ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑ(Ι)ΕΩΝ, sometimes also ΤΗΣ ΙΕΡΑΣ or ΙΕΡΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΑΣΥΛΟΥ, and are dated by the Caesarean era (B.C. 48). Coins struck probably about B.C. 4 read ΑΚΗ, usually also ΤΗΣ ΙΕΡΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΑΣΥΛΟΥ, variously abbreviated. Under Claudius the title is ΓΕΡΜΑΝΙΚΕΩΝ ΤΩΝ ΕΝ ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΔΙ. Types through- out the autonomous period—Triptolemos (?) with sceptre and ears of corn; Zeus; Tyche standing on rudder, holding aplustre; Perseus; &c. Claudius made it a colony between A.D. 52 and 54, with the title Colonia Claudia Felix Ptolemais. Colonial coinage from Nero to Gal- lienus. Inscr., usually COL. PTOL.; other titles CL(audia) FELIX, and under Nero also STAB(ilis?) GER(manica). Era, Caesarean. Types— Emperor DIVOS CLAVD(ius) ploughing the sulcus primigenius, with standards of four legions, the III (Gallica), VI (Ferrata), X (Fretensis), and XII (Fulminata). River-god Belos, alone or at feet of Tyche, or with

another figure (Mountain-god ?). View of the port of Ace. View of the acropolis. Aphrodite of ‘Medici’ type. Neptune with trident and dolphin, boar, and standard (emblems of Tenth legion). Rape of Persephone. Temple of Artemis, surrounded by zodiac. Types relating to Sarapis, Isis, and Harpokrates. Bust of a fire-deity (?) with torch and peculiar head-dress. Deity in Egyptian shrine, holding double-axe, sometimes with bucrania at his feet. Two Nemeses holding serpent-staves. Perseus holding head of Medusa. Tree between two altars with serpents. Model of human foot (cf. Alexandreia in Egypt and Aegeae in Cilicia). The thunderbolt, harpa, and caduceus are common symbols in the field of all the later coins.


Sidon. To this great maritime city, the ancient metropolis of Phoenicia, belongs the most important coinage of this part of the world down to the time of Alexander the Great. It begins about the end of the fifth century, is of the Phoenician standard, and is to be divided into the following classes. A cable border characterizes the larger coins in Classes II-IV :—

CLASS I. Uncertain King (Eshmun'azar ?). End of fifth century B.C.

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FIG. 348.

Galley with square-sail furled (Fig. 348). Incuse square. King of Persia in chariot, driven by charioteer; in field, fore- part of wild goat, incuse.
AR 2 shekels, 422.5 grs.
Id. Incuse square. King shooting; in field, heads of goat and Hes, incuse.
AR ½ shekel, 109.1 grs.
Id. Incuse square. King running, shooting.
AR 1/16 shekel, 12.8 grs.
Id. Head of Bes.
AR 1/32 shekel, 4.8 grs.
Id., but sail triangular. Incuse circle. King shooting.
AR ½ shekel, 98 grs.

Class II. Uncertain king. Circ. B.C. 400-384.

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FIG. 349.

Galley before fortified wall of a city. In exergue, two lions (Fig. 349). Incuse circle. King in chariot, driven at full speed by charioteer; beneath, wild-goat, incuse.
AR 2 shekels, 436 grs.
Id. Incuse square. King slaying lion with sword.
AR ½ shekel, 108.7 grs.

These usually bear Aramaic letters, such as עב, בע, בם, the meaning of which is not certain. To the same class belong 1/16 and 1/64 shekels, rev. type, King running, shooting; and 1/32 shekels, rev. type, King half-kneel- ing, holding bow and spear. See Rouvier in Journ. Int., 1902, p. 102 f.

CLASS III. Uncertain King (Bod'ashtart ?). Circ. B.C. 384-370.
(With letter ב on obverse or reverse).

Galley with rowers, at sea. Incuse circle. King in chariot, driven slowly by charioteer; behind him, an attendant in Egyptian royal costume. On one specimen the date 14.
AR 2 shekels, 441.4 grs.
Id. Id. (without attendant).
AR ½ shekel
Id. King slaying lion.
AR 1/16 shekel
Id. King kneeling, shooting.
AR 1/32 shekel

The Egyptian king following the car of the Great King probably symbolizes the nominal subjection of Egypt to Persia after the death of Hakor in B.C. 383.

CLASS IV. Strato I (‘Abd'ashtart). Circ. B.C. 370-358.

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FIG. 350.

To this celebrated phil-Athenian ruler (Hicks, Gk. Hist. Inscr., iii) the following coins are to be attributed :—

Galley with rowers, at sea. Dates 1— 13 (Fig. 350). עב King in chariot, with Egyptian at- tendant, as in preceding reign.
AR 2 shekels, 397 grs.
Id. Id. (without attendant).
AR ½ shekel, 98 grs.
¼ shekel, 49.4 grs.
Id. (without dates) ב. ע King slaying lion.
AR 1/16 shekel, 23.9 grs.
Id. (without dates). King in chariot, driven by charioteer.
Æ .7
Id. (with dates 3-10). King half-kneeling with spear and bow.
Æ .6
Head of a king (Strato I ?). Galley. Dates 11, 12.
Æ .6-.4

In the reign of Strato I the weight of the double-shekel is reduced considerably, probably indicating a fall in the value of gold from 13-1/3: 1 to 12½: 1. The maximum weight of the reduced double-shekel during the ensuing period is 405.9 grs. The attribution of the above bronze coins to this reign is conjectural. There appears to be an interval of a few years between the issues of this king and those of the next.

CLASS V. Tennes. Circ. B.C. 354-348.

Galley with rowers, at sea. Dates 1-4. תע King in chariot, as in preceding reign, but with attendant in Asiatic dress.
AR 2 shekels, 399 grs.
Id. (without dates). תע King slaying lion.
AR 1/16 shekel

Tennes was reigning at the time of the revolt of B.C. 351, and after his betrayal of Sidon was put to death by Artaxerxes, circ. B.C. 348.

CLASS VI. Euagoras II of Salamis. Circ. B.C. 345-342.

Euagoras II, after the end of the Cypriote revolt, received a ηγεμονια (Diod. xvi. 46) from the Great King, which Babelon (Mél. Num., i. p. 305) identifies with the governorship of Sidon. To him he has attributed double-shekels and 1/16 shekels, with types similar to those of Tennes, but with the letters ע ע on the reverse; the double-shekels have a star in the field of the obverse. Regnal dates 1-4.

CLASS VII. Strato II. Circ. B.C. 342-333.

To this king, who was deposed by Alexander the Great, are to be attributed double-shekels and half-shekels of the types of Classes V and VI, with dates 1 to 10 or 11, and letters עב. Perhaps also some 1/16 shekels similar to those of Class IV.

CLASS VIII. Mazaeus. Circ. B.C. 343-335.

The inscription מז or מזדי (the letters show Aramaizing forms) on the coins of this class shows that they were issued by Mazaeus, presumably as commander-in-chief in Phoenicia; they seem to have been struck contemporaneously with the coins of the Sidonian kings, and at the same mint. They bear dates 16-21 and 1-4, representing regnal years of Artaxerxes III (died B.C. 337) and of Dareius III respectively. They are double-shekels and 1/16 shekels of the usual types.

Circ. B.C. 333-202.

The coinage of Sidon with Alexandrine types falls into the following classes (the mint-mark is usually ΣΙ; classes A to C, E, and F are inscribed ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ):—

(A) Undated gold (symbol, palm-branch) and silver (Müller, 1397- 1399).
(B) Gold and silver, with Phoenician alphabetical dates (ז to כ = 7 to 11. Müller, 1407-1409, &c.; probably from B.C. 327/6 to 323/2).

(C) Gold and silver with Greek alphabetical dates: (Κ to Ω = 10 to 24, = B.C. 324/3 to 310/9 (Rouvier, 1172, 1173, 1184, 1189- 1194, 1196).
(D) Tetradrachms with name of Philip III, and dates Ν, Ο, Π = B.C. 321/0, 319/18, 318/17.
(E) Silver with the letters Α to Δ combined with Μ (Rouvier, 1185-1187).
(F) Gold staters, with symbol, star, and monograms (Rouvier, 1174-1178).
(G) Gold and silver (of Müller’s Class V) with the inscription ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ.

Partly contemporary with, but for the most part subsequent to, this Alexandrine coinage is the coinage of the Ptolemies, from Ptolemy II's twenty-fifth year (B.C. 261) to Ptolemy V.

Circ. B.C. 202-111.

In B.C. 202 Sidon was lost by Ptolemy V to Antiochus III, and a Seleucid coinage of bronze probably began at once at this mint; although, however, the mint-name is only found from Antiochus IV to Antiochus IX. The regal issues include AR both on the Attic and on the Phoenician standard. To this time also belongs a scanty autonomous coinage of bronze, with types—Head of Tyche; Rudder; Aplustre; Europa on bull (cf. Lucian, de dea Syr., 6: και το νομισμα, τω Σιδωνιοι χρεονται, την Ευρωην εφεζομενην εχει τω ταυρω τω Διι); &c. On some of these coins occurs a Phoenician inscription. (or ככב) אפא כת צר לצדנם אם כמב meaning ‘belonging to [the city of] the Sidonians, the metropolis of Cambe (i. e. Carthage), of Hippo, of Citium, of Tyre’. More usual is the shorter inscription לצדנם, or ΣΙΔΩΝΙΩΝ.

B.C. 111 to Imperial Times.

In B.C. 111 the autonomous era of Sidon begins, and, with it, a long series of dated silver and bronze coins of which the following are the chief varieties. (The inscriptions are as in the previous period, and also ΣΙΔΩΝΟΣ, ΣΙΔΩΝΙΩΝ or ΣΙΔΩΝΟΣ ΤΗΣ ΙΕΡΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΑΣΥΛΟΥ, ΣΙΔΩΝΟΣ ΘΕΑΣ, ΣΙΔΩΝΟΣ ΙΕΡΑΣ, and on the quasi-autonomous coins of the Flavian period ΣΙΔΩΝΟΣ ΘΕΑΣ ΙΕΡΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΑΣΥΛΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΝΑΥΑΡΧΙΔΟΣ)

SILVER. Phoenician Standard.

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FIG. 351.

Head of City, turreted and veiled. (Fig. 351.) Eagle on prow of galley, palm over shoulder.
AR Tetradrachm 223.8 grs.
AR Didrachm 108.3 grs.

The types of the bronze coins are:—Head of Tyche; Head of Zeus; Heads of Zeus and Tyche jugate; War-galley; Eagle; Astarte on galley or prow; Car containing baetyl of Astarte; Europa on bull; Nike on prow; Head of young Dionysos; Dionysos standing; Dionysiac cista; Temple between two isolated columns; &c. The quasi-autonomous coinage ceases in A.D. 118/119.

Imperial, Augustus to Hadrian. Inscr., ΣΙΔΩΝΟΣ, usually with the addition of ΙΕΡΑΣ, ΘΕΑΣ, or ΝΑΥΑΡΧΙΔΟΣ. Types—Europa on bull; Car of Astarte; Kadmos on prow.

Provincial billon tetradrachms of Antiochene types under Caracalla; mint-mark, Europa on bull, or Car of Astarte.

Colonial, Elagabalus to Severus Alexander. Inscr., COL. AVR. PIA METROP. SIDON, &c. Types—the usual colonial types; Europa on bull; Zeus seated; Amaltheia with infant Zeus and Goat; Astarte with Nike and small ‘Marsyas’ of the forum; Astarte and ‘Marsyas’ on a galley, with another galley alongside; Astarte riding on lion; Car containing baetyl of Astarte, sometimes within zodiacal ring; Dionysos alone or with Apollo; Demeter in serpent-car, or with serpent-torch, or with Isis (?); Asklepios sacrificing; the Argo (inscr. ARGO or ΑΡΓΟΝΑΥΤ.) with the Dioskuri on board; DIDO enthroned; Kadmos and Phoenix (CAD. POE.) confronted; Hero (Kadmos or Phoenix) attacking lion; Modius (representing Imperial donation of corn; inscr., AETERNVM BENEFICIVM); Gateway of the forum; &c. Agonistic inscr., IER(a) PERI(odica) OECV(menica) ISEL(astica) or CERT(amina) SEC(ra) PER. OECVME. ISELA, &c.

Tripolis, a joint settlement, whence its name, from Sidon, Tyre, and Aradus, established before the time of Alexander the Great. The city was situated on the coast between Aradus and Byblus. It was a mint of Ptolemy V (B.C. 205-180; Svoronos, Νομ. Πτολ., No. 1296) and of the Seleucidae from Antiochus IV (175-164) to Antiochus X (B.C. 94-83). The earliest autonomous coin is bronze, of B.C. 188 (obv. Veiled female head, rev. Caps of Dioskuri and Phoenician letters). The dominant types throughout are connected with the Dioskuri. In B.C. 112/111, as at Sidon, an era of autonomy is adopted, the following tetradrachms, which begin in that year, being dated first by the Seleucid, then by the new era for thirty-two years.

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SILVER. Phoenician Standard.

Busts of the Dioskuri surmounted by stars. ΤΡΙΠΟΛΙΤΩΝ ΤΗΣ ΙΕΡΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΑΥΤΟΝΟΜΟV. Tyche of City stand- ing, holding tiller and cornucopiae; the whole in wreath.
AR Tetradrachm 233 grs.

Also bronze with Nemesis, Tyche, &c. Other eras used are the Pompeian (B.C. 64) and the Actian (B.C. 31); also regnal years of Cleopatra,

Augustus, &c.; but the Seleucid era prevails generally. In addition to the autonomous bronze, a coin of B.C. 64/63 (obv. Head of king, rev. Dioskuri) has been attributed to the tyrant Dionysius, whom Pompeius put to death in that year; there are also coins of M. Antonius and Fulvia (B.C. 42/41) and Cleopatra VII (B.C. 30-29).

Quasi-autonomous (to A.D. 69) and Imperial (to Severus Alexander). Inscr., ΤΡΙΠΟΛ(Є)ΙΤΩΝ; under Elagabalus also ΝΑΥΑΡΧΙ(δος) and ΝΕΩΚ(ορου). Types—Busts or figures of Dioskuri; Astarte with one foot on prow, alone, in temple, or with Dioskuri; Temple and Great Altar of Zeus Hagios(ΔΙΟC ΑΓΙΟΥ); Figures of ΗΛΙΟC and CЄΛΗΝΗ; Galley (Argo ?); &c. Under Caracalla, billon tetradrachms of the Antiochene class; mint-mark, Caps of Dioskuri.

Tyre (Sur), reputed a colony of Sidon, and its rival in wealth and splendour. It appears to have begun to coin silver tetradrachms and small coins in the latter half of the fifth century B.C.


Phoenician Standard, circ. B.C. 450-400.

Dolphin swimming above waves; be- neath, murex; illegible inscription. Incuse square, within which Owl accom- panied by crook and flail, Egyptian symbols of royalty.
AR Tetradr. 215 grs.
Id.; no inscription. Similar type.
AR Drachm and Obol.
Dolphin, with or without murex.   „  
AR Obol.

Circ. B.C. 400-332.

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FIG. 352.

Melkart holding bow and riding over the waves upon a sea-horse; beneath waves, a dolphin. Owl with crook and flail; Phoenician letters or dates sometimes in the field (Fig. 352).
AR Tetradr. 215 grs. and Drachm.
Sea-horse and dolphin. Similar type.
AR Obol.

Circ. B.C. 332-275.

The coinage with regal types was continued after the fall of Tyre, but probably not during Alexander’s lifetime. The standard changes to Attic; the denominations are the didrachm and a minute coin of 8.5 grains. The only coins with Alexander’s types in this period are bronze, one of which is dated 26 (= B.C. 307/6, according to the era of Alexander in Phoenicia). The silver with regal types bears Phoenician letters and

dates from 1 to 37, according to an era which is uncertain (perhaps the Seleucid). These coins were probably struck by rulers placed on the throne by the Diadochi.

Circ. B.C. 267-126.

The first Ptolemaic coinage begins about B.C. 267, and is of gold or silver marked with the monogram ΤΥ combined with the club of Melkart. It continues down to the reign of Ptolemy V. To this period also belongs an Alexandrine tetradrachm of Müller’s fifth class (Müller, No. 1423). The Ptolemaic coinage is succeeded from B.C. 201/200 by a Seleucid coinage of silver and bronze, the city having passed at that date into the hands of Antiochus III. The silver is either Attic (types— Seleucid Apollo on omphalos; Athena standing; Zeus seated) or Phoeni- cian (type—Eagle on prow), and is marked with the mon. of ΤΥΡ, usually combined with a club. From Antiochus IV onwards the bronze coins bear the mint-name ΤΥΡΙΩΝ or ΤΥΡΟΥ ΙΕΡΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΑΣΥΛΟΥ, also לצר, or לצר אם צדנם (‘belonging to Tyre, metropolis of the Sidonians’). This Seleucid coinage ends in B.C. 126/125.

Phoenician Standard, circ. B.C. 126/125 to A.D. 195/6.

The second era of the autonomy of Tyre began B.C. 126, and from this time down to the reign of Vespasian we possess a plentiful series of Tyrian tetradrachms and didrachms and a single specimen of the gold octadrachm (now in the Berlin Museum), struck in B.C. 103 under the influence of Ptolemy X.

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FIG. 353.

Head of the city turreted and veiled.
[Zeit. f. N., vi. 4.]
ΤΥΡΟΥ ΙΕΡΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΑΣΥΛΟΥ Double cornucopiae. Year 23.
AV Octadr. 437.4 grs.
Head of Melkart-Herakles, laureate. (Fig. 353). ΤΥΡΟΥ ΙΕΡΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΑΣΥΛΟΥ Eagle on beak of ship. In field, dates and symbol, a club.
AR 224 grs.
AR 112 grs.

The silver coinage ceased in A.D. 56/7. In part contemporary with it are dated autonomous and quasi-autonomous bronze coins, extending down to A.D. 195/6. Inscr. as in Seleucid period; also from A.D. 93/94 ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΕWC. Mint usually indicated by monogram of ΤΥΡ. Types connected with Melkart; also Eagle; Palm-tree; Galley; &c. Imperial silver or billon of the Antiochene class from Nero to

Macrinus have been attributed to Tyre; but the attribution is not certain except in the case of the coins with rev. type Head of Melkart, or with the murex-shell symbol. For a full list see Dieudonné, Mé- langes Num. (1909), pp. 339 ff. Colonial, Sept. Severus to Gallienus. Inscr. COLONI. SEP. TVRVS (or TVRO) METROP. or SEP. TVRO. METROP. COL. PENIC; from Sev. Alexander onwards SEP. is omitted. During part of the reigns of Elagabalus and Sev. Alexander Tyre was de- prived of its rights as colony and metropolis, the coins reading TVRIORVM. לצר occurs on a coin of Elagabalus. Types—the usual colonial types; also Bull, the symbol of the third legion (LEG. III. GAL.); Astarte, crowned by Victory, with ‘Marsyas’ of the Forum (this symbol is superseded, during the period of disgrace, by a palm-tree); Sacrifice to Astarte by four Cities; Melkart-Herakles; Hermes-Thoth with papy- rus-roll and ibis; Harpokrates; the Ambrosial Rocks (ΑΜΒΡΟCΙЄ ΠЄΤΡЄ or ΠΑΙΤΡЄ) on which Tyre was founded, with sacred olive-tree between them (in exergue, sometimes, hound discovering the purple- shell); Baetyl encircled by serpent; Dido (ΔΙΔΩΝ or ΔЄΙΔΩΝ) build- ing Carthag; Kadmos starting on a voyage, fighting serpent, joining hands with Harmonia, founding Thebes (ΘΗΒЄ), or giving the alphabet to the Greeks (ЄΛΛΗΝЄC, ΚΑΔΜΟC); Zeus as bull approaching ЄVΡWΠΗ; Diomede carrying Palladium; WΚЄΑΝΟC reclining, wearing crab’s claws on his head; Temple of the Phoenician Koinon (COENV PHOENICES = Κοινον Φοινικης); Two athletes carrying table with two crowns. Festivals—ACTIA (H)ERACLIA; ΗΡΑΚΛΙΑ ΟΛVΜΠΙΑ; ΑΚΤ. ΗΡΑ.; ΑΚΤ. ΚΟΜ.; &c. Dates on a few coins of Gallienus reckoned from foundation of colony, circ. A.D. 201.


Circ. B.C. 450.

King, wearing kidaris and kandys, stabbing lion. [Macdonald, Hunter Cat., iii. p. 273, Pl. lxxvii. 17.] בענא (Baana) Cow suckling calf; dotted incuse square.
166.5 grs.
Melkart holding up lion by tail and striking at it with club. Similar, but monogram instead of in- scription. [Babelon, Perses Ach., No. 318, Pl. VIII. 1.].
170.9 grs.
Cow suckling calf.
[Macdonald, op. cit., Pl. lxxvii. 15.]
Melkart (as on obverse of preceding); incuse square.
164.2 grs.

Fourth century B.C.

Sea-god, with bearded head, body ter- minating in fish-tail; in r. trident, in l. wreath. אז (Az?) Lion at bay on rocky ground. [Babelon, loc. cit., No. 320, Pl. VIII. 3].
162.5 grs.

Of these, the first three are placed here in accordance with the general opinion; but their fabric suggests that they were issued by some Phoe- nician ruler in Cyprus. The fourth is Phoenician, but the suggested attributions (Ascalon, Azotus) are very doubtful.


X. Galilaea

[De Saulcy, Numismatique de la Terre-Sainte (1874).]

Diocaesareia-Sepphoris, about five miles north of Nazareth. Imperial of Trajan, with inscr., ΤΡΑΙΑΝΟC ΑΥΤΟΚΡΑΤΩΡ ΕΔΩΚΕΝ, rev. ΣΕΠΦΩΡΗΝΩΝ, Palm-tree; and of Antoninus Pius to Elagabalus, with inscr., ΔΙΟΚΑΙCΑΡЄΙΑC. Types—Temple of Zeus; Temple of Athena; &c. On some specimens is the following enigmatical inscription, ΔΙΟΚ. ΙЄΡ. ΑCΥΛ. ΑΥΤ. Π. Φ. C. ΙЄΡ. Β. C. Κ. Δ. Ρ., which has been con- jecturally restored by De Saulcy (Terre-Sainte, p. 329), ΔΙΟ[ΚΑΙ- CΑΡЄΙΑC] ΙЄΡ[ΑC] ΑCΥΛ[ΟΥ] ΑΥΤ[ΟΝΟΜΟΥ] Π[ΟΛЄΩC] Φ[ΙΛΗC] C[ΥΜΜΑΧΟΥ] ΙЄΡ[ΑC] Β[ΟΥΛΗC] C[ΥΓΚΛΗΤΟΥ] Κ[ΑΙ] Δ[ΗΜΟΥ] Ρ[ΩΜΑΙΩΝ].


Tiberias, founded by Herod Antipas, on the shores of the Lake of Gennesareth. Bronze of Herod Antipas. Inscr., ΗΡΩΔΟΥ ΤЄΤΡΑΡΧΟΥ, &c., rev. ΤΙΒЄΡΙΑC, with dates of his reign corresponding to A.D. 29-34; also of Herod Agrippa I under Claudius. Inscr., ΕΠΙ ΒΑΣΙΛΕ. ΑΓΡΙΠ. ΤΙΒΕΡΙΕΩΝ. Imperial, Claudius to Hadrian, with inscr., ΤΙΒЄΡΙЄΩΝ or ΚΛΑΥΔΙΟ ΤΙΒЄΡΙЄΩΝ; also of Commodus, with inscr., ΤΙΒ. ΚΛ. CΥΡ. ΠΑΛ. Types—Hygieia; Temple of Zeus; Head of Sarapis; &c. Era begins A.D. 20 (De Saulcy, Terre-Sainte, p. 334).


XI. Samaria

[De Saulcy, Numismatique de la Terre-Sainte (1874).]


Antipatris (probably Kafr Saba on the road between Jaffa and Nablous), originally Kapharsaba, refounded by Herod the Great. Im- perial Æ of Elagabalus; inscr., ΑΝΤ. (?) ΑΝΤΙΠΑΤΡ..; type—Temple of Astarte.


Caesareia, a splendid city and seaport founded by Herod the Great. The town was called Καισαρεια, and its port Σεβαστος λιμην. Regal bronze of Agrippa I (Madden, Coins of the Jews, p. 133) and autonomous bronze. Type—Anchor. Imperial, Augustus to Nero, with inscr., ΚΑΙΣΑΡΕΩΝ or ΚΑΙΣΑΡΙΑ Η ΠΡΟΣ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΩ ΛΙΜΕΝΙ. Imperial colonial, Vespasian to Gallienus. Inscr., COLONIA PRIMA FLAVIA AVGVSTA FELIX CAESARENSIS, or CAESAREA METROPOLIS PROVINCIAE SYRIAE PALAESTINAE, variously abbreviated. Types numerous. Among them, the Head of Sarapis; Dionysos riding on lion; Astarte, sometimes in temple; Eagle holding wreath containing letters SPQR; Altar-shaped enclosure containing two trees; &c. (De Saulcy, Terre-Sainte, pp. 112 sq.).

Diospolis-Lydda, near Joppa. Imperial, Severus to Caracalla. Inscr., Λ. CЄΠ. CЄΟΥ. ΔΙΟCΠΟΛΙC (Lucia Septimia Severiana). Types—Heads of Sarapis and Demeter; Astarte in temple; &c. Era begins A.D. 199/200 (Kubitschek, Oesterr. Jahresh., vi. pp. 50 f.).


Joppa, the port of Jerusalem, the scene of the myth of Andromeda. It was one of the mints of the tetradrachms of Alexander’s types (Müller, Class IV, Nos. 1468-9), and Ptolemies II and III also struck money there, distinguished by the letters ΙΟΠ; symbol, sometimes, harpa of Perseus. Its later coins are autonomous bronze reading ΙΟΠΗ. Type— Poseidon seated on rock. Imperial of Elagabalus. Inscr., ΦΛΑΟΥΙΟ. ΙΟΠΠΗC. Type—Athena. (De Saulcy, Terre-Sainte, p. 177; Ham- burger, Frankfurter Münzblatter, i, Nos. 8, 9.)


Neapolis, situate nearly in the centre of Samaria between the two hills, Ebal and Gerizim. Imperial, Titus to Maximinus. Inscr., ΦΛΑΟΥΙ. ΝΕΑΠΟΛ. ΣΑΜΑΡΕ or ΦΛ. ΝЄΑC ΠΟΛЄΩC CΥΡΙΑC ΠΑΛΑΙCΤΙΝΗC. Era dates from A.D. 72. Imperial colonial, Philip I to Gallienus. Inscr., COL. NEAPOLI.; COL. IVL. NEAPOL.; or COL. SERGIA. NEAPOL.; COL NEAPOLI NEOCORO, &c., and on the late issues ΦΛ. ΝЄΑC- ΠΟΛЄWC ЄΠΙCΗΜΟΥ ΝЄWΚΟΡΟΥ. There are two principal types— (a) a representation of Mount Gerizim (sometimes supported by an eagle) with two summits, on one of which is the temple of Zeus, approached by a flight of steps (cf. Damascius, ap. Phot. Bibl., 1055), and on the other, a small edifice or altar; (β) Simulacrum of Jupiter Heliopoli- tanus standing between two humped bulls; he usually holds in one hand a whip, and in the other ears of corn. Among the other types are the Capitoline Triad, Sarapis, Asklepios, Apollo, &c.


Nysa Scythopolis, on the northern frontier of Samaria, close to the Jordan. Imperial, Nero to Gordian. Inscr., ΝΥCΑΙЄWΝ, ΝΥCΑΙЄWΝ ΤWΝ ΚΑΙ CΚΥΘΟΠΟΛЄΙΤWΝ, or ΝΥC. CΚΥΘΟΠΟΛЄΙΤWΝ ΙЄΡΑC. Era uncertain. Type—Nysa nursing infant Dionysos with others of less interest.


Sebaste, the ancient Samaria, fortified by Herod, and renamed by him Sebaste (Joseph., Ant. Jud., xv. 8. 5). Imperial, Nero to Severus Alexander. Inscr., CЄΒΑCΤΗΝΩΝ, CΕΒΑCΤΗΝWΝ CΥΡΙΑC, &c., and colonial after Sept. Severus. Inscr., COL. L. SEP. SEBASTE, Colonia Lucia Septimia Sebaste. Era dates probably from B.C. 25. Types— Rape of Persephone, &c. (De Saulcy, Terre-Sainte, p. 275).


XII. Judaea

[De Saulcy, Numismatique de la Terre-Sainte (1874).]


Aelia Capitolina, the ancient Jerusalem, rebuilt by Hadrian, A.D. 136, after the suppression of the second revolt of the Jews under Simon Barcochba. The new temple of Jupiter Capitolinus occupied the site of that of Jehovah. Imperial colonial, Hadrian to Valerian. Inscr., COL. AEL. CAP. or KAP., with addition, under Hadrian, of COND(ita), and after the reign of Commodus, of the title COMM(odiana) P(ia) F(elix). The most interesting types are Astarte, or perhaps the Tyche of the city, standing in her temple; Zeus enthroned in temple (Madden, Coins of the Jews, p. 247); and the Stone of Elagabal in a chariot (Z. f. N., vii. 219). For coins struck at Jerusalem before its destruction see pp. 768 and 806 ff.


Anthedon or Agrippias, a coast-town, the name of which was changed by Augustus to Agrippias, although the old name Anthedon was subsequently restored. The coins with the head of Livia, rev. Prow, formerly attri- buted to this place under the name of Agrippia, are now assigned to Agrippia Caesareia (= Phanagoria) in Bosporus (see p. 495). Imperial, Elagabalus to Severus Alexander. Inscr., ΑΝΘΗΔΟΝΟC. Types— Astarte in temple; Winged Genius wearing short chiton, raising one hand, and holding a wheel over an altar with the other.

Ascalon. This ancient seaport would appear to have been one of the places of mintage of gold staters and tetradrachms of Alexander the Great (Müller, Cl. III and IV, Nos. 1472-1484). Subsequently it struck Seleucid regal coins from Antiochus II to Antiochus IX. Autonomous silver and bronze from the second century B.C., mostly dated by the Seleucid era; inscr., ΑΣ or ΑΣ. ΙΕΡΑΣ; types—Head of City, rev.

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FIG. 354.

Prow; Head of Goddess, rev. Dove. The city became autonomous in B.C. 104; from this year, or from B.C. 84 (see Svoronos, Νομ. Πτολ., p. 313), are dated both small bronze coins and tetradrachms bearing the portraits of the later Ptolemies, including Cleopatra VII (Fig. 354) , rev. ΑΣΚΑΛΩΝΙΤΩΝ ΙΕΡΑΣ ΑΣΥΛΟΥ, Eagle on fulmen (B. M. Guide, Pl. LXII. 18, 19). Imperial, Augustus to Severus Alexander, consisting in the main of bronze, but silver pieces are known of Claudius, Messalina, and Caracalla (Imhoof, Gr. M., pp. 757, 771). Types—Zeus Nikephoros enthroned; Bust of Egyptizing deity (see below). The usual types of the bronze coins are—Galley; the goddess Derceto, or perhaps the Tyche of the city, standing holding aplustre and trident, with a dove beside her; Warlike divinity (ΦΑΝΗΒΑΛΟC, see Rev. Arch., 1904, p. 139; Imhoof, Zur gr. u. röm. Münzk., pp. 241 f.) standing facing, brandishing harpa above his head, and holding round shield and branch in his left; Divinity of Egyptian aspect, with attributes of Osiris, standing on the backs of three lions (Num. Zeit., 1884, p. 293). For other types and varieties see De Saulcy, Terre-Sainte, pp. 178 sqq. The Imperial coins of Ascalon are dated from the era of its autonomy, B.C. 104. A coin of Augustus has a second date which is reckoned from B.C. 58; regnal years of the Emperors are also given.


Eleutheropolis, about twenty miles south-west of Jerusalem. Imperial, Severus to Elagabalus. Inscr., Λ. CΕΠ. CЄΟΥΗ. ЄΛЄΥΘЄ. (Lucia Sep- timia Severiana Eleutheropolis). Era begins A.D. 199/200 (Kubitschek, Oesterr. Jahresh., vi. pp. 50 f.). Type—Jupiter Heliopolitanus standing between two bulls (cf. Neapolis Samariae).


Gaza, an ancient city about twenty miles south of Ascalon, which Herodotus (iii. 5) mentions as scarcely inferior in size to Sardes, the capital of Lydia. Its coinage in the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. has been identified by Six (Num. Chron., 1877, p. 221), and consists of drachms and smaller coins of Attic weight and of various types, of which the following are the most important :—

SILVER. Attic Standard.
Janiform diademed male and female heads, or head of Athena as on coins of Athens. עזה in Phoenician characters, Owl in incuse square, sometimes before the fortified wall of a city.
AR Dr.
Id. עז Forepart of horse; incuse square.
AR Drachm.
Id. ΑΘΕ Head of Athena; incuse square.
AR Drachm.
Head of Athena. עז Owl facing; incuse square.
AR Drachm.
Female head. Head of Seilenos facing; incuse square.
AR Drachm.
Similar. Bust of Bes facing; incuse square.
AR Drachm.
Bearded helmeted head. [Brit. Mus.; Pilcher, Proc. Soc. Bibl. Arch., 1908, pp. 45 f.] יהו in Phoenician characters, Jahveh seated on car with winged wheel.
AR Dr.


For other early coins which may have been struck at Gaza see Babelon, Perses Achém., pp. lv ff.

After its capture by Alexander regal coins were struck there under Ptolemy II and III (Svoronos, Νομ. Πτολ., ii. pp. 123 f., p. 165), and with the letter מ (see below) under Demetrius I of Syria.

The autonomous bronze money of Gaza dates from an era commencing B.C. 61 (Schürer, Sitzungsb. Berl. Akad., 1896, xli. pp. 1065 f.). Inscr., ΓΑ, ΓΑΖΑ, ΔΗΜΟΥ ΓΑΖΑΙΩΝ, ΔΗΜΟΥ CЄΛ (?) ΤWΝ ЄΝ ΓΑΖΗ (see Macdonald, Hunter Cat., iii. p. 282), ΓΑΖΑΙΤΩΝ, ΓΑΖЄΑΤΩΝ, &c., with addition sometimes of honorific titles, ΙЄΡ. ΑCΥ. Imperial, Augustus to Gordian, dated according to the era B.C. 61, but also in Hadrian’s time according to a new era commencing in A.D. 128, with ΕΠΙ., probably referring to the επιδημια of Hadrian (Macdonald, op. cit., p. 283). Silver of Caracalla (Imhoof, Gr. M., p. 764) and Diadumenian (Id. Rev. Suisse, viii. p. 44). Inscr., ΓΑΖΑΙΩΝ, ΓΑΖΑ, &c., usually with the addition of the Phoenician letter מ, perhaps the initial of the divinity ΜΑΡΝΑ, whose name, as well as those of ΜЄΙΝW and ЄΙW, is met with on coins of this city. The temple of Marna at Gaza called the Marneion was identified with that of the Cretan Zeus (De Saulcy, Terre- Sainte, p. 210), and Meino and Eio are clearly Minos and Io. There is reason to suppose that these divinities were originally introduced into Crete and Greece from Phoenicia. Among the types of the coins of Gaza we may mention a Temple containing statues of Artemis and Apollo; Turreted bust of Tyche, or her entire figure, standing, with a bull at her feet; Tyche and Io joining hands; &c. (see also Num. Chron., 1862, p. 120).

Nicopolis-Emmaus. There were two cities called Nicopolis in Judaea (see L. Hamburger, Frankfurter Münzblatter, i. (1899), Nos. 8 and 9).

One, close to Jerusalem (for the site see Murray’s Syria and Palestine, 1892, p. 130), was founded as a military colony by Vespasian in A.D. 71, from which year its coins are dated. The second (Amwas, near Latron, between Ramleh and Jerusalem) was refounded by Julius Africanus circa A.D. 221. To the former are to be attributed quasi-autonomous and imperial coins (inscr. ΝЄΙΚΟΠΟΛΙΤWΝ; types—Wolf fighting hog, Zeus holding Nike, &c.) of Faustina Sen., M. Aurelius, and Lucius Verus. To the second Hamburger assigns coins with inscr. ΝΙΚΟΠΟΛΙC; type—Zeus Heliopolitanus standing between two bulls; &c. But as the city appears to be entitled CЄΟΥΗ. ΑΝΤWΝ., as well as ΑΝΤWΝЄΙΝΟ- ΠΟΛΙC, these coins may be of Caracalla (cf. N. Z., 33, p. 13) and belong to the other Nicopolis.


Raphia, on the sea-coast between Gaza and Rhinocolura, an ancient city restored by Gabinius B.C. 58, the year from which its era dates. Imperial, M. Aurelius and Commodus to Philip Junior. Inscr., ΡΑΦΙΑ or ΙЄΡΑ ΡΑΦΙΑ. Types—Artemis standing; Female figure seated between two small figures, on the head of one of whom she places her hand; City-goddess holding infant and cornucopiae.


Kings, Princes, and Roman Procurators of Judaea

[See especially Madden, Coins of the Jews, 1881; Kennedy in Hastings Dict. of the Bible, art. ‘Money’ (1900); Th. Reinach, Jewish Coins, 1903.]


The history of the coins of the Jews has been so thoroughly investi- gated by Madden (op. cit.), Merzbacher (Zeit. f. Num., 1878), Hamburger (ib., 1892), and Th. Reinach (op. cit.), not to mention older writers, such as De Saulcy and Cavedoni, that the barest outline will suffice in the present work. The crux of Jewish numismatics is the date of the silver shekels and half-shekels described below, where they are attri- buted, in accordance with Th. Reinach’s latest opinion (Jewish Coins, pp. 10 ff.), to the period immediately following the permission given by Antiochus Sidetes to the Jews to strike coins. Others have attributed them to the first revolt of the Jews; but, in spite of a somewhat re- markable resemblance in their fabric to the coins of the second revolt, sixty years later, the earlier date seems on the whole preferable.

(α) Asmonaean Princes.

Simon Maccabaeus, B.C. 143-135. The earliest native Jewish money consists of the silver shekels and half-shekels of Simon Maccabaeus, struck on the Phoenician standard, and weighing respectively 220 and 110 grs.

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FIG. 355.

שקל ישראל (Shekel Israel), Cup or chalice, above which א, ב, ג, or ד (numerals 1 to 4), referring to the official years of Simon’s rule corre- sponding to B.C. 139-136. On the coins of years 2-4 the numeral is preceded by ש (for Shenath, year). ירושלם קדשה (Jerushalem Kedoshah), or ירושלים הקדושה (Jerushalaim ha-kedo- shah), ‘Jerusalem the Holy,’ Branch with three buds (Fig. 355)
AR Shekel 220 grs.

The half-shekels are similar, but read חצי השקל, Chatzi ha-shekel (half-shekel).

The epithet ‘Holy’ on these coins may be compared with the ordinary Greek coin-legend ΙΕΡΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΑΣΥΛΟΥ on the contemporary money of many Syrian cities.


John Hyrcanus I, B.C. 135-104. Shekels similar to those of Simon, but of year 5. Small bronze coins, usually with inscr., יהוחנן הכהן הגדל וחבר היהודים (Jehochanan Hakkohen Haggadol Vecheber Haje- hudim), Johanan the High Priest and the Commonwealth (?) of the Jews, rev. Double cornucopiae and poppy-head. (For varieties see Madden, p. 76.)


Judas Aristobulus, B.C. 104-103. Small bronze, with inscr., היהודיםיהודה הכהן גדל וחבר היהודיםיהודה הכהן , Jehudah Hakkohen Gadol Vecheber Haje- hudim (and variations), Judas the High Priest and the Commonwealth (?) of the Jews, rev. Double cornucopiae and poppy (Madden, p. 82).


Alexander Jannaeus, B.C. 103-76. Small bronze of three classes (α and β) Regal, with Hebrew and Greek inscr., יהונתן המלך (Jehona- than Hammelek), ‘The King Jehonathan,’ rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝ- ΔΡΟΥ. Types—Flower and Anchor, or Star and Anchor. (γ) Pontifical. coins resembling those of his predecessor, but reading יהונתן הכהן הגדל וחבר היהודים , Jonathan or Jehonathan Hakkohen Haggadol Vecheber Hajehudim.


Alexandra Salome, B.C. 76-67, widow of Alexander Jannaeus. Small bronze with Star and Anchor. Inscr., ΒΑΣΙΛΙΣ. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔ., and an obliterated Hebrew inscr. (Madden, p. 92).

John Hyrcanus II, B.C. 69, 63-57, and 47-40. Small bronze, with Star and Anchor, and bilingual inscr. (Madden, p. 93). Also bronze, obv. Flower, rev. Palm (op. cit., p. 96). Inscr., היהדיהוחנן הכהן הגדל החבר היהדיהוחנן הכהן (Jehochanan Hakkohen Haggadol Hachaber Hajehud[im]).


Alexander II (?), B.C. 65-49. To this prince M. Reichardt would attribute small bronze coins of the Star and Anchor type, reading ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ and ....(?)עלצדרעש ג (Alexadras Gadol ?), or עלכצד[ר]עש (Madden, p. 97).

Antigonus (Mattathias), B.C. 40-37. Bronze; obv. Flower, rev. Palm. Inscr., מתתיה הכהן הגדל החבר היהד (Mattathiah Hakkohen Hag-

gadol Hacheber Hajehud[im]), and bilingual coins with ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙ ΓΟΝΟΥ, and similar Hebrew legend equivalent to ‘Mattathias the High Priest and the Commonwealth (?) of the Jews.’ Types—Wreath and Double or single cornucopiae; Seven-branched candlestick; &c.


(β) Idumaean Princes.

Herod the Great, B.C. 37-4. Bronze. Inscr., ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΗΡΩΔΟΥ. Types—Helmet, rev. Tripod or Shield; Caduceus, rev. Pomegranate; Aplustre, rev. Palm; Tripod, rev. Wreath; Anchor, rev. Two cornua- copiae; Eagle, rev. Cornucopiae; &c. (Madden, pp. 105 sqq.). Some coins bear the regnal date LΓ (year 3) and ΤΡΙ(χαλκον) in monogram. The eagle probably refers to the golden eagle which Herod set up on the pediment of the Temple at Jerusalem, thus provoking a revolt.


Herod Archelaus, B.C. 4 - A.D. 6. Bronze. Inscr., ΗΡWΔΟΥ ЄΘΝΑΡΧΟΥ, often abbreviated. Types—Anchor, rev. Wreath; Prow, rev. Wreath; Double cornucopiae, rev. Galley; Grapes, rev. Helmet; &c. (Madden, pp. 114 sqq.).


Herod Antipas, ruler of Galilaea and Peraea, B.C. 4 - A.D. 40. Bronze, usually with regnal dates. Inscr., ΗΡWΔΟΥ ΤЄΤΡΑΡΧΟΥ, Palm- branch, rev. ΤΙΒЄΡΙΑC, Wreath; or ΗΡΩΔΗC ΤЄΤΡΑΡΧΗC, Palm- branch, with name of Emperor, ΓΑΙΟΥ (Caligula) on reverse in a wreath. These coins were struck at the city of Tiberias, built by Antipas, and named after the Emperor Tiberius (Madden, p. 121).


Herod Philip II, ruler of Batanaea, Trachonitis, and Hauranitis, B.C. 4-A.D. 33. Imperial, Æ Augustus and Tiberius, rev. ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ ΤΕΤΡΑΡΧΟΥ or ΕΠΙΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ ΤΕΤΡΑΡΧΟΥΚΤΙC(του). Type—Temple of Augustus at Caesareia-Panias (Madden, p. 125).


Herod Agrippa I, A.D. 37-44. Bronze, without or with heads of Emperors, Caius and Claudius. Inscr., ΒΑCΙΛЄWC ΑΓΡΙΠΑ (sic), Um- brella, rev. Three ears of corn and regnal date; ΒΑCΙΛЄΥC ΜЄΓΑC ΑΓΡΙΠΠΑC ΦΙΛΟΚΑΙCΑΡ, Head of Agrippa, rev. ΚΑΙCΑΡΙΑ Η ΠΡΟC [CЄΒΑCΤΩ] ΛΙΜЄΝΙ, Tyche standing, struck at Caesareia; Head of Claudius, rev. ΒΑCΙΛЄΥC ΜЄΓΑC ΑΓΡΙΠΠΑC ΦΙΛΟΚΑΙCΑΡ, Two figures in a temple.

On some specimens the alliance of Agrippa with Claudius, when all Herod’s kingdom was given to him, seems to be commemorated by the following inscription, which is, however, only partly legible—ΔΗΜ .. ΡΩΜΑΙΩΝ Κ. CΥΜ. ΧΙ. ΑΥ. ΒΑC. ΑΓΡΙΠΑ ... ΚΛΗΤΟΝ—and of which no entirely satisfactory reading has been yet suggested (see Madden, p. 137).


Agrippa I and II. Bronze; obv. Head of Agrippa I, obv. [Β]ΑΙΣΙΛΕΥΙΣ ΑΓΡΙΠΠΑ, rev. [ΑΓΡΙ]ΠΠΑ ΥΙΟΥ ΒΑC[ΙΛΕΩC], Agrippa II on horse- back (Macdonald, Hunter Cat., iii. p. 290).


Herod, brother of Agrippa I, was king of Chalcis A.D. 41-48. Bronze. Inscr., ΒΑΣΙΛ. ΗΡΩΔΗC ΦΙΛΟΚΛΑΥΔΙΟC (Imhoof, Porträtköpfe. Pl. VI. 20), rev. Name of Claudius.


Agrippa II, A.D. 48-100. Small bronze coin struck at Agrippias. Inscr., [ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ] ΑΓΡΙΠΠΑ ΑΓΡΙΠΠ[ΕΩΝ], Head of Agrippa II L Ε (year 5), rev. [ΒΑΣ. ΑΓΡΙΠ]ΠΑ ΦΙΛΟΚΑΙΣΑ[ΡΟΣ] (?), Two cornuacopiae crossed (Z. f. N., xiii. Pl. IV. 17). Also bronze, without or with heads of Emperors, Nero, Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian. The coins with the head of Nero were struck at Neronias (Caesareia Panias). Inscr., ΒΑCΙΛΕΩC ΑΓΡΙΠΠΟΥ, &c., and various types, among which are Tyche holding cornucopiae and ears of corn; Nike holding wreath and palm, or inscribing shield, &c. To A.D. 77 the coins are usually dated by an era beginning A.D. 48; afterwards by an era of A.D. 60 (Mac- donald, Hunter Cat., iii. p. 291).


Aristobulus, son of Herod king of Chalcis, and great-grandson of Herod the Great, was king of Chalcis and parts of Armenia, A.D. 54-92 (?). Bronze. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΙΣΤΟΒΟΥΛΟΥ, with the name of Nero or Vespasian on reverse (Rev. Num., 1883, p. 145, and 1900, p. 484).

Aristobulus and Salome, A.D. 54-92 (?). Bronze. ΒΑCΙΛΕΩC ΑΡΙCΤΟ- ΒΟΥΛΟΥ, rev. ΒΑΙCΙΛΙCCΗC CΑΛΩΜΗC, with portraits. (Imhoof, Por- trätköpfe, Pl. VI. 21 and 22).

(γ) Roman Procurators of Judaea, A.D. 6-66.

On the occasion of the banishment of Herod Archelaus, A.D. 6, Judaea was added to the province of Syria, and the government administered by a Procurator subordinate to the Praefect of Syria. Of these Procurators (A.D. 6-66) there is a numerous class of small bronze coins resembling in style and fabric the contemporary small money of the Idumaean Princes, and dated according to the regnal years of the emperors. Augustus (years 33, 35, 36, 39, 40, 41, under the Procurators Coponius, Ambivius, and Rufus); Tiberius (1 (?), 2-5, 6 (?), 11, 16-18, Procurators Valerius Gratus and Pontius Pilate); Claudius(13, 14, Procurator Felix); and Nero (year 5, Procurator Felix). These coins bear, as a rule, an inanimate object (Ear of corn, Cornucopiae, Lituus, &c.), the name of the reigning emperor or emperors, and the regnal year in Greek characters (Madden, Coins of the Jews, pp. 173 sqq.).

(δ) Coins of the First Revolt of the Jews, A.D. 66-70.

Bronze of the second and third years: Obv. חרות ציון (deliverance of Zion) Vine-leaf, rev. שנת שתים or שנת שלוש (year two or three) Two-handled vase. Also base silver of year 2 of the same types (Hunter Cat., iii. p. 293). Bronze of the fourth year, with the legends, obv. שנת ארבע, רביע שנת ארבע חצי , or שנת ארבע, rev. לגאלת ציון (in the fourth year, one half or one quarter—the redemption of Zion); types—(1) obv. Ethrog (citron) between lulabs (bunches of twigs), rev. Palm-tree between two baskets; (2) obv. Two lulabs, rev. Ethrog; (3) obv. Chalice, rev. Lulab between two ethrogs.

(ε) Coins struck in Palestine commemorating the Capture of Jerusalem, A.D. 70.

After the successful termination of the Jewish war Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian caused coins to be struck in Judaea with the legend

ΙΟΥΔΑΙΑΣ ΕΑΛWΚΥΙΑΣ, and in Rome with the Latin legend IVDAEA CAPTA, IVDAEA DEVICTA, &c. Full descriptions are given in Madden (pp. 207 sqq.).

(ζ) Coins of the Second Revolt of the Jews under Simon Barcochba, A.D. 133-135.

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FIG. 356.

(1) Silver shekels, or debased Attic tetradrachms, mostly restruck on tetradrachms of Antioch of the reign of Trajan; types—obv. Portico with four columns, rev. Ethrog and lulab or Lulab alone (Fig. 356); inscr., ירושלם (Jerusalem) or שמעון (Simon), rev. שנת אחת לגאלת ישראל (first year of the redemption of Israel), ש ב לגאלת ישראל (second year of the deliverance of Israel), or לחרות ירושלם (deliverance of Jerusalem). The name of Simon occurs only on the shekels of year 2. A star above the portico alludes to his title ‘son of the star’. (2) Silver restruck over Roman denarii (Galba to Hadrian); types—Vase, Palm-branch, Wreath, Bunch of grapes, Two trumpets, &c. Inscr., אלעזר הכוהן (Eleazar the Priest), rev. שנת אחת לגאלת ישראל (first year of the redemption of Israel); or obv. שמעון (Simon), rev. לחרות ירושלם (deliverance of Jerusalem), sometimes also with the date year 2. (3) Bronze of two de- nominations, undated, or of year 1 or 2; some of year 1 read שמעון נשיא ישראל (Simon, prince of Israel); some of year 2 simply ירושלם Types—Amphora, rev. Inscription in wreath.


The series of the coins of Jerusalem closes with those of the Roman colony, Aelia Capitolina, described above (p. 803).