BRUTUS the Infamous Assassin of JULIUS CAESAR Ancient Roman Coins Collecting Guide and Collection

BRUTUS the Infamous Assassin of JULIUS CAESAR Ancient Roman Coins Collecting Guide and Collection

Learn about the ancient silver, gold and bronze Roman coins connected with Brutus in this article

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Marcus Junius Brutus (also known as Q. Caepio Brutus) was convinced by Decimus Brutus to join him in the assassination of Julius Caesar on the Ides of March (March 15th, 44B.C.). All in all Julius Caesar suffered over 50 wounds before falling dead beneath the statue of Pompey the Great (ironic as that was his rival). Mark Antony was held up outside the senate house while this happened, so he could not come to his aid. After the death of Julius Caesar, Mark Antony gave a famous funeral speech in honor of Julius Caesar in which he read the deceased man's will, in which he left vast sums of money along with lands to the people of Rome. The sentiment quickly turned against the assassins, even though they were first consider heroes riding the Republic of a "tyrant" and Marcus Junius Brutus, Cassius and many others were forced to flee the city of Rome quickly. This left the city of Rome under the control of Mark Antony and Octavian, later known as Augustus, who was adopted as the son of Caesar in his will. This meant that Augustus was able to use the fame of Julius Caesar to his advantage, and stamp CAESAR on his coins, which allowed him to gain support. The forces of Mark Antony and Octavian Augustus defeated the forces of Brutus and Cassius at the Battle of Philippi in ancient Macedonia, in 42 B.C.

Depicted in this article are the coins of some of the most famous assassins, one of them being Deciumus Brutus, lesser known to history, but had played an important role in convincing Marcus Junius Brutus to join his cause. Decimus Brutus received great honor serving under Caesar in his Gallic campaigns (Gaul being modern France area). He also is the one who convinced Julius Caesar not to heed the warnings of his wife, and walked him into the senate house, evading Mark Antony from joining them (who could have came to help Caesar and could have foiled the attempt). Julius Caesar was also warned by a trusted friend by the name of Lepidus the night before of the plot.

Next a coin is shown which is the famous portrait coin of Julius Caesar that was struck fore about a month which featured the portrait of Julius Caesar himself, struck February-March 44 B.C. This being a lifetime portrait issue is one of the important key coins to get in the Julius Caesar coins. His portrait was used on many coins after his death, including by Augustus and Mark Antony. This coin broke the conventions of portraying a living individual on coinage, which strong Republican sentiment was against, having taken away the power of the last king hundreds of years earlier. What is interesting to note is that Brutus winds up minting his own coin with his own portrait, which is another key coin, shown in the video, which can be taken as somewhat hypocritical.

The explanation goes on further to distinguish the coins of Marcus Junius Brutus from the time period of him being the moneyer of the mint of Rome which happened in 54 B.C. In this series, his strong republican values are demonstrated, pointing to his ancestors who were responsible for bringing Rome from the rule of kings to the Republican form of government. His later issues are ones issued by him with his traveling military mint he used his troops. These coins are also interesting, rare and desired by collectors. The most famous coin being the Ides of March denarius, which features the portrait of Brutus on the front naming him Imperator, and the reverse showing the cap of liberty with two daggers on either side, and an inscription below commemorating "IDE MAR" or the Ides of March and the assassination. This was an allusion the the "great deed" that Brutus and the assassins had done for the saving of the Republic.

However after Brutus and Cassius were defeated, Augustus wound up becoming the first Roman emperor, turning Rome from a Roman Republican form form of government to a dictatorship with the ceremonial vestiges of the Senate being present, and the true power residing in the emperor.


Decimus Junius Brutus Albinus Assassin of JULIUS CAESAR Silver Roman Coin i49085

Roman Republic Albinus Bruti f. moneyer Silver Denarius 19mm (3.26 grams) Rome mint, 48 B.C. Reference: Postumia 14; B.M.C. 3967-71; Syd. 943a; Craw. 450/3b A . POSTVMIVS COS, bare head of the consul, Aulus Postumius Albinus right. ALBINV BRVTI F in wreath.

Decimus Junius Brutus was one of the assassins of Julius Caesar in the conspiracy of 44 B.C. He was adopted by A. Postumius Albinus and joined his own name with that of his adoptive father. He should not be confused with the more famous M. Junius (or Q. Caepio) Brutus. This moneyer received many marks of praise from Julius Caesar when he served under him in Gaul. This coin features the portrait of the moneyer's adopted father.

JULIUS CAESAR Lifetime 44BC Portrait Ancient Silver Roman Coin Venus Rare i46313

Julius Caesar - Roman Dictator - Silver Denarius 19mm (3.89 grams) Struck February-March  44 B.C. P. Sepullius Macer, moneyer Reference: RSC 40; B. 48; B.M.C. 4175; Syd. 1074a; Craw. 480/14 CAESAR DICT PERPETVO, his laureate and veiled head right. P . SEPVLLIVS MACER, Venus Victrix standing left, holding Victory and scepter, star set on ground to right.

M. Junius Brutus Ancestors Julius Caesar Killer 54BC Silver Roman Coin i44548

Roman Republic Q. Caepio Brutus Moneyer better know as M. Junius Brutus Silver Denarius 17mm (2.33 grams) Rome mint: 54 B.C. Reference: Junia 30; B.M.C. 3864; Syd. 907; Craw. 433/2 BRVTVS behind head of L. Junius Brutus, the Ancient. AHALA behind head of Caius Servilius Ahala.

MARCUS JUNIUS BRUTUS Assassin of JULIUS CAESAR Silver Roman Coin 54BC i49081

Roman Republic Q. Caepio Brutus Moneyer better known as Marcus Junius Brutus Silver Denarius 21mm (3.55 grams) Rome mint: 54 B.C. Reference: Junia 31; RRC 433/1; BMCRR Roma 3861; Sydenham 906, Catalli 2001, 618 Head of Libertas right; behind, LIBERTAS. L. Iunius Brutus walking l., between two lictors and preceded by an accensus; in exergue BRVTVS.
Marcus Junius Brutus (one of the chief assassins of Julius Caesar) Silver Denarius 17mm (3.30 grams) Struck 43-42 B.C. Military mint traveling with Brutus and Cassius in western Asia Minor or northern Greece. P. Servilius Casca Longus, moneyer. Reference: RSC 3; B. 44; B.M.C. 63; Syd. 1298; Craw. 507/2; CRI 212 CASCA behind, LONGVS before, laureate and bearded head of Neptune right; trident below. BRVTVS behind, IMP before, Victory advancing right on broken scepter, holding palm frond in left hand over left shoulder and broken diadem bound with fillet in both hands.

MARCUS JUNIUS BRUTUS Assassin of JULIUS CAESAR Silver Roman Coin 42BC i49074

Roman Republic Marcus Junius Brutus Silver Denarius 18mm (3.16 grams) Late summer-autumn 42 B.C. Military mint traveling with Brutus and Cassius in western Asia Minor or northern Greece; Pedanius Costa, legate. Reference: RSC 4; B. 42; B.M.C. 59; Syd. 1296; Craw. 506/2; CRI 209; Kestner 3775-6; BMCRR East 59-61; RBW 1778 Laureate head of Apollo to right; LEG upward to left, COSTA downward to right. Trophy composed of cuirass, crested helmet, oval shield with incurved sides, and two crossed spears; IMP upward to left, BRVTVS downward to right.

Brutus 42BC Coin

Marcus Junius Brutus (one of the chief assassins of Julius Caesar) Silver Denarius 19mm (3.50 grams) Spring-early summer 42 B.C. Military mint traveling with Brutus in southwestern Asia Minor. L. Sestius, proquaestor. Reference: RSC 11; B. 37; B.M.C. 41; Syd. 1290; Craw. 502/2 L. SESTI . PRO . Q, veiled and draped bsut of Liberty right. Q . CAEPIO BRVTVS PRO COS, tripod between axe and simpulum.

Marcus Junius Brutus Gold Propaganda Coin 44BC i36605

Marcus Junius Brutus, Assassin of Julius Caesar Gold Propaganda Coin with Obverse of his silver Coin from 54 B.C. with his famous ancestor L. Brutus Struck under: Dynast of Thrace: Koson Gold Stater 18mm (8.86 Grams) Struck After 44 B.C. Reference: RPC 1701; BMC Thrace pg. 208, 2; BMCRR II pg. 474, 48. Superb EF. KOΣΩΝ, Roman consul accompanied by two lictors; BR monogram to left Eagle standing left on sceptre, holding wreath.

MARK ANTONY reconciles Ahenobarbus 40BC Silver Roman Republic Coin Galley i41969

Mark Antony Silver Denarius 18mm (3.35 grams) Summer 40 B.C. Uncertain mint, possibly Corcyra Reference: RSC 10; B. 56; as B.M.C.,East,111(aureus); B.A. Seaby Ltd,1952; Craw. 521/2 ANT . IMP . III . VIR  R . P . C ., his bare head right, lituus behind. CN . DOMIT . AHENOBARBVS IMP., prow, star of sixteen rays above.

AMYNTAS Galatia King Mark Antony Brutus Cassius Commander Leo Greek Coin i45946

Kingdom of Galatia Amyntas - King: 36-25 B.C. Bronze 24mm (8.89 grams) Struck circa 36-25 B.C. Reference: Sear 5694; RPC I 3505; SNG France 2377-82 Head of bearded Hercules right, club at neck; II / Є behind. Nemean Lion (the astrological zodiac sign of Leo and the constellation) standing right; B above, monogram (of AMYNTOY) in exergue.

Amyntas was a secretary of Deiotaros. He was in the military service commanding an auxiliary force in the Roman army of Brutus and Cassius. Having gained the favor of Mark Antony, because he had gone over to his side before the Battle of Philippi, Antony granted him an extensive kingdom which included Galatia, Lycaonia and parts of neighboring territories. Having deserted Antony in a timely manner to Augustus, he secured the patronage of Augustus. After having perished in battle in 25 B.C., his kingdom became a Roman province.

AUGUSTUS 27BC Pergamum Pergamon Silver Ancient Roman Coin BULL HEIFER i46357

Augustus - Roman Emperor: 27 B.C. - 14 A.D. Silver Denarius 20mm (3.74 grams) Pegamum mint: 27 B.C. Reference: RIC 475; RSC 28; BMCRR East 284-5 = BMCRE 662-3; BN 941-3 CAESAR, bare head right. AVGVSTVS, bull standing to right.

AUGUSTUS Victory Over Brutus Cassius Assasins of Julius Caesar Roman Coin i46748

 Augustus - Roman Emperor: 27 B.C. - 14 A.D. Bronze 20mm (3.95 grams) from the city of Philippi in Northern Greece Macedonia circa 27 B.C. -10 B.C. Reference: BMC 23; Sear 32 VIC AVG, Victory  standing  left. 3 legionary Standards, 'COHOR PRAEPHIL'

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CONSTANTINE the GREAT Ancient Roman Coins Guide

Constantine I the Great and Related Ancient Roman Coin Collecting Guide

Video and Article Exploring the Types of coins from the era of Constantine the Great, his family and other important historical figures

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Coins of Constantine and related coins including family such as Saint Helena and more. Video discusses these coins in more detail.

Constantine the Great was Roman emperor from 307-337 A.D. His father was Constantius I 'Chlorus' and mother was Helena, also known as Saint Helena. In this article, I explore different coins of Constantine I the Great and related. Watch the video above where I talk about these coins in more detail. My name is Ilya Zlobin, and I am an expert, enthusiast, author and dealer specializing in ancient Greek Roman and Byzantine coins. You can visit   online coin shop on eBay.

Constantine I 'The Great' - Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. Caesar (Recognized): 306-309 A.D. | Filius Augustorum (Recognized): 309-310 A.D. | Augustus (Self-Proclaimed): 307-310 A.D. | Augustus (Recognized): 310-337 A.D. |

Son of Constantius I and Helena | Step-son of Theodora | Husband of Minervina and Fausta | Father (by Minervina) of Crispus and (by Fausta) of Constantine II, Constantius II, Constans, Constantina (wife of Hanniballianus & Constantius Gallus) and Helena the Younger (wife of Julian II) | Son-in-law of Maximian and Eutropia | Brother-in-law of Maxentius | Half-brother of Constantia (w. of Licinius I) | Half-uncle of Delmatius, Hanniballianus, Constantius Gallus, Julian II, Licinius II and Nepotian | Grandfather of Constantia (wife of Gratian) |

The Coins of Constantine the Great and Related

Below is a link to some of the finest examples of ancient Roman coins of Constantine the Great and the related family. Reading this article and watching this video will help you also become an expert in these types of coins. Some of the advantages of collecting coins of this period, is that they are some of the most affordable coins of the time period. Also reading this article and watching this video, you can learn more about the more rare types of coins that are available so you know exactly what to look for. With 27 high quality and rare examples illustrated here, you can also explore more in my eBay Store. With over 13,000 coins and artifacts to choose from, you may find exactly what you are looking for. Every item is guaranteed authentic for a lifetime, comes with a beautiful certificate of authenticity (professionally researched, leveraging my many years of experience) FREE, and a 30 day unconditional money back satisfaction guarantee. You can make an offer on almost my entire inventory, so you can always find some amazing discounts and deals on ancient coins. I believe in having my patrons return for a lifetime, so satisfaction is my goal. If you haven't bought a coin in the best, you are  in the right hands dealing with someone whom is both passionate and professional in the subject .     

Divo CONSTANTIUS I Chlorus CONSECRATIO 306AD Eagle Constantine the Great i43470

Constantius I  'Chlorus' - Roman Emperor: 305-306 A.D. Father of Constantine I the Great Bronze Follis 29mm (10.49 grams) Lugdunum mint, circa 306-307 A.D. Deification Issue Under Constantine the Great Reference: Bastien, Lyon, 387 (30 specimens); RIC 202. Cohen 26 (2 Fr.) DIVO CONSTANTIO AVG, head laureate right. CONSECRATIO, eagle with spread wings standing right, head turned back and looking upwards.

* Numismatic Note: Super rare coin.    

HELENA Constantine the Great mother STAR 318AD Very Rare Roman Coin i19012

Helena 'known as Saint Helena'- Mother of Constantine the Great - Bronze Follis 19mm (3.39 grams) Thessalonica mint: 318-319 A.D. Reference: RIC VII 50; Kent-Hirmer pl. 162, 637; LRBC 821 Pedigree: Ex Gorny & Mosch HELENA N F, draped bust right. Eight-pointed star in laurel wreath.        

Theodora stepmother of Constantine I the Great Rare Ancient Roman Coin i42096

Theodora - wife of Constantius I, stepmother of Constantine I and mother-in-law of Licinius Commemorative struck after her death Bronze AE4 16mm (1.84 grams) Struck Posthumously at the mint of Trier circa 337-340 A.D. Reference: Trier RIC 56 FL MAX THEODORAE AVG, diademed, draped bust right PIETAS ROMANA, Pietas standing facing, holding a child at her breast, mintmark TRS dot.        

Constantine I the Great 326AD Ancient Roman Coin Military camp gate i40647

Constantine I 'The Great' - Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. - Bronze AE3 19mm (2.82 grams) Thessalonica mint: 326-328 A.D. Reference: RIC 153 (VII, Thessalonica) CONSTANTINVS AVG - Laureate head right. PROVIDENTIAE AVG G Exe: ./SMTSЄ - Military Camp gate with two turrets and one star.       

Constantine I The Great 330AD Ancient Roman Coin Standard Glory of Army i39864

Constantine I 'The Great' - Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. - Bronze AE3 18mm (2.34 grams) Heraclea mint: 330-333 A.D. Reference: RIC 121 (VII, Heraclea) CONSTANTINVSMAXAVG - Rosette-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right. GLORIAEXERCITVS Exe: .SMHB. - Two soldiers standing either side of two standards.*Numismatic Note: The reverse legend dedicates this coin to "the Glory of Army "    

Constantine I The Great 313AD Ancient Roman Coin Sol Sun God Cult i39883

Constantine I 'The Great' - Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. - Bronze AE3 20mm (2.98 grams) Treveri mint circa 313-315A.D. Reference: RIC 40 (VII, Trier) IMPCONSTANTINVSAVG - Laureate, cuirassed bust right. SOLIINVICTOCOMITI Exe: R/X/F/RT - Sol standing left, raising hand and holding globe.        

CONSTANTINE I the GREAT RARE Ancient Roman Coin Victory Over SARMATIANS i39763

Constantine I 'The Great' - Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. - Victory Over SARMATIANS Bronze 19mm (3.24 grams) Sirmium mint 324-325 A.D. Reference: RIC 48 (VII, Sirmium) CONSTANTINVSAVG - Laureate head right. SARMATIADEVICTA Exe: SIRM - Victory  advancing right, stepping on captive, holding Trophy  and palm.       

CONSTANTINE I the GREAT Celebrates Victory Over LICINIUS 327AD Roman Coin i44119

Constantine I 'The Great' - Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. - Victory Over Licinius Commemorative Bronze AE3 18mm (3.30 grams) Constantinople mint: 327 A.D. Reference: RIC VII 30 CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, diademed head right. CONSTANTINIANA DAFNE, Victory seated left on cippus holding palm in each hand, looking right; before her, trophy at foot of which kneeling captive turning head, spurned by Victory; CONS in exergue.* Numismatic Note: Rare victory over Licinius issue.    

Constantine I 'The Great' 327AD Ancient Roman Coin Victory Over Licinius i41736

Constantine I 'The Great'- Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. - Victory Over Licinius AE3 20mm (3.42 grams) Struck 327 A.D. in Constantinople Reference: RIC VII 30 CONSTANTI-NVS MAX AVG, diademed head right facing upward. CONSTANTINIANA DAFNE, Victory seated left on cippus holding palm in each hand, looking right;  before her, trophy at foot of which kneeling captive turning head, spurned by Victory; CONS.*Numismatic Note: Rare victory over Licinius issue.     

Constantine I The Great 318AD Ancient Roman Coin Two Victories w shield i40584

Constantine I 'The Great' - Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. - Bronze AE3 19mm (3.13 grams) Siscia mint 318 A.D. Reference: RIC 50 (VII, Siscia) IMPCONSTANTINVSAVG - Helmeted, cuirassed bust left, holding spear over shoulder and shield. VICTORIAELAETAEPRINCPERP Exe: HSIS - Two  Victories standing, facing each other, together holding shield reading VOT/PR on cippus.        

Constantine I The Great 327D Ancient Roman Coin Victory Nike Cult RARE i32263

Constantine I 'The Great'- Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. - Bronze AE3 19mm (2.82 grams) Constantinople mint: 327 A.D. Reference: RIC 18 (VII, Constantinople) R1, LRBC 985 CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG - Laureate head right. LIBERTAS PVBLICA Exe: *B/CONS - Victory standing left on galley, holding wreath in each hand.    

Constantine I The Great 324AD Silvered Ancient Roman Coin Victory Wreath i32416

Constantine I 'The Great'- Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. - Silvered Bronze AE3 19mm (4.11 grams) Heraclea mint: 324 A.D. Reference: RIC 56 (VII, Heraclea) CONSTANTINVSAVG - Laureate head right. DNCONSTANTINIMAXAVG Exe: SMHΔ - Wreath, VOT/XXX within.     

CONSTANTINE I the GREAT 325AD OPEN DOOR Camp gate Rare Roman Coin i29420

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Constantine I 'The Great'- Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. - Bronze Follis 19mm (2.94 grams) Arles mint: 325-326 A.D. Reference: RIC VII 291 CONSTANTINVS AVG, laureate head right. VIRTVS AVGG, camp gate with 4 turrets, star above, open panelled doors, SA(crescent)RL in exergue.     

CONSTANTINE I Romulus Remus SheWolf Rome Commemorative Ancient Roman Coin i48143

Constantine I 'The Great' - Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. - ROME CITY COMMEMORATIVE Bronze AE3 17mm (2.52 grams)  London mint 307-333 A.D. Reference: cf.S.16526, RIC 257, B 221 VRBSROMA - Roma helmeted, draped and cuirassed bust left. No legend Exe: Double crescent/PLG - Wolf standing left, suckling Romulus and Remus; two stars above.By circa 330 A.D., Constantine the Great completed his new capital for the Roman empire  called Constantinople. For this momentous occasion, he issued two commemorative coin types, one celebrating Rome and the other Constantinople. The type that commemorated Rome had the personification of Rome, Roma with the inscription VRBS ROMA and the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus on the reverse suckling the she-wolf. The type that commemorated Constantinople had the personification of Constantinople on the obverse and Victory on a galley sailing with a shield. This was a great way for Constantine the Great to pay homage to both Rome and Constantinople.     
Constantine I 'The Great' - Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. - Founding of New Roman Capital - CONSTANTINOPLE Commemorative - Bronze AE4 16mm (2.68 grams) London mint  330-333 A.D. Reference: Possibly Unpublished CONSTANTINOPLIS - Constantinopolis helmeted, laureate bust left, holding scepter over shoulder. No legend  Exe: PLG- Victory standing left, stepping on galley prow, cradling scepter and resting hand on shield.* Numismatic Note: Commemorates founding of Constantinople as new Roman capital by Constantine I the Great.By circa 330 A.D., Constantine the Great completed his new capital for the Roman empire  called Constantinople. For this momentous occasion, he issued two commemorative coin types, one celebrating Rome and the other Constantinople. The type that commemorated Rome had the personification of Rome, Roma with the inscription VRBS ROMA and the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus on the reverse suckling the she-wolf. The type that commemorated Constantinople had the personification of Constantinople on the obverse and Victory on a galley sailing with a shield. This was a great way for Constantine the Great to pay homage to both Rome and Constantinople.     

CRISPUS 322AD RARE Possibly Unpublished Trier Ancient Roman Coin Altar i47979

Crispus - Roman Caesar: 317-326 A.D. - Reduced Follis 20mm (2.70 grams) Trier (Treveri) circa 322-323 A.D. Reference: Rare possibly unpublished type. CRISPVS NOB CAES, helmeted, cuirassed bust right. BEATA TRANQVILLITAS Exe: PTR, globe on altar inscribed VO TIS XX; three stars above.    

FAUSTA wife of Constantine the Great Ancient Roman Coin SPES Cult HOPE i24226

Fausta - second wife of Constantine I the Great Bronze AE3 20mm (2.62 grams) Cyzicus mint 326 A.D. Reference: RIC 50v (Cyzicus) FLAVMAXFAVSTAAVG - Draped bust right. SPESREIPVBLICAE Exe: .SMKΓ.- Fausta, as Spes, holding her two sons, Constantine II and Constantius II.    

CONSTANTINE II Constantine the Great son Ancient Roman Coin Nude SOL SUN i19683

Constantine II 'Junior' - Roman Emperor: 337-340 A.D. - Bronze AE3 20mm (3.22 grams) Struck at the mint of Thessalonica 330-336 A.D. RIC 23 (VII, Thessalonica) CONSTANTINVSIVNNOBCAES - Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. CLARITASREIPVBLICAE Exe: TSЄ - Sol standing left raising hand and holding a globe.     

CONSTANS Constantine the Great son 337AD Ancient Roman Coin Phoenix i44293

Constans - Roman Emperor: 337-350 A.D. -  Bronze AE3 18mm (2.96 grams) Siscia mint: 337-350 A.D. Reference: RIC 241 (VIII, Siscia), LRBC 1134 DNCONSTANSPFAVG - Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right. FELTEMPREPARATIO Exe: ΔSIS - Phoenix standing right on pile of ashes.    

VETRANIO name of CONSTANTIUS II BY THIS SIGN YOU SHALL CONQUER Roman Coin i41798

Vetranio  - Roman Emperor: 350 A.D. Vetranio in The Name of Constantius II Bronze AE2 25mm (5.46 grams) Siscia Mint: 350 A.D. Reference: RIC VIII 291; LRBC 1197 D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed & cuirassed bust right, A behind, star to right. HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS ('by this sign you shall conquer'), emperor standing left, holding labarum with Chi-Rho & spear; to the right stands Victory, crowning him with wreath & holding palm branch; A in left field, dot GSIS star.    

MAXIMIAN 285AD Ancient Roman Coin Hero Hercules w club & lion skin i27330

Maximian - Roman Emperor: 285-305, 306-308 & 310 A.D. - Bronze Antoninianus 23mm (4.25 grams) Ticinum mint:  285-288  A.D. Reference: RIC 545; Cohen 238. IMP C M A VAL MAXIMIANVS P F AVG, radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right HERCVLI CONSERVAT, Hercules standing right, nude, holding club with lion skin on rock pile to right, SXXIT in ex.     

Constantius Gallus 351AD Alexandria mint Ancient Roman Coin Battle Horse i42971

Constantius Gallus - Roman Caesar: 351-354 A.D. - Bronze AE2 21mm (5.23 grams) Alexandria mint: 351-354 A.D. Reference: RIC VIII 81 D N CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right; behind bust, delta FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Exe: ALE - helmeted soldier to left, shield on left arm, spearing fallen horseman wearing Phrygian helmet.     

DALMATIUS Delmatius 335D Roman Caesar Ancient Genuine Coin LEGIONS i32141

Dalmatius (Delmatius) - Roman Caesar: 335-337 A.D. - Bronze AE4 17mm (1.51 grams) Thessalonica mint: 335-337 A.D. Reference: RIC 227 (Thessalonica), LRBC 850 FLDALMATIVSNOBC - Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. GLORIAEXERCITVS Exe: SMTSΔ - Two soldiers either side of one standard.Numismatic Note* The reverse legend dedicates this coin to "the glory of the Army."    

Julian II Apostate 361AD Huge Ancient Roman Coin Symbol of Taurus BULL i28615

Julian II 'the Apostate' - Roman Caesar: 355-361 A.D. - Emperor: 361-363 A.D. - Bronze AE1 (27mm, 7.25 grams) Thessalonica mint: 361-363 A.D. Reference: RIC 225. . DN FL C IVLIANVS P F AVG. pearl-diademed, draped, & cuirassed bust right. SECVRITAS REIPVB, bull standing right; palm branch-TESA-palm branch in ex.     

LICINIUS II Junior holds Victory on Globe 320AD Ancient Roman Coin RARE i37420

Licinius II 'Junior' - Roman Caesar: 317-324 A.D. - Bronze Follis 20mm (3.48 grams) Siscia mint: 320 A.D. Reference: RIC VII, S. 440, 132 LICINIVS IVN NOB CAES, Laureate, draped bust left, holding Victory on globe and mappa. VIRTVS - EXERCIT / S - F / HL / ΔSIS(star in crescent), Vexillum reading VOT/X; seated captive on either side.    

Licinius I Constantine The Great enemy 313AD Ancient Roman Coin Jupiter i44222

Licinius I - Roman Emperor 308-324 A.D. - Silvered Bronze Follis 24mm (3.44 grams) Struck at the mint of Heraclea January - February 313 A.D. Reference: RIC 73 (VII, Heraclea) IMPCVALLICINLICINIVSPFAVG - Laureate head right. IOVICONSERVATORIAVGG Exe: Δ/SMHT - Jupiter  standing left, holding Victory and scepter; eagle to left.

Maxentius Constantine the Great Enemy Ancient Roman Coin Castor & Pollux i44780

Maxentius - Roman Emperor: 307-312 A.D. Bronze Follis 24mm (6.04 grams) Ostia mint: 309-312 A.D. Reference: RIC 35 (Ostia), S 3776 IMPCMAXENTIVSPFAVG - Laureate head right. AETERNITASAVGN Exe: MOST - Castor and Pollux (the Dioscuri) standing, facing each other, each holding horse by bridle.

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Ancient Greek Coins of Macedonia - A guide to Collecting Them

Ancient coins of MACEDONIA Greece from the Greek & Roman Times Collection and Guide

Learn about the types of ancient Greek coins from before Alexander the Great to the Roman control of the region

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This video is designed for the people that may be interested in collecting ancient Greek and Roman coins from Macedonia, either as a Kingdom, Region or Province. Explored in this article and video above is a selection of various cities and kings from Macedonia that I have in my collection available for sale in my eBay online coin shop. My goal is to cut years off the learning curve in collecting ancient coins by making informative videos, and when people learn about the wonder, I can help them get the coins they want, being a win win for everyone. Please share this article, thumb up the video when you watch it as it will help others find it, as the artificial intelligence of search engines picks those things up. Enjoy!


Macedonia or Macedon was an ancient kingdom on the northern periphery of Classical Greece and later the dominant state of Hellenistic Greece. It was ruled during most of its existence initially by the legendary founding dynasty of the Argeads, the intermittent Antipatrids and finally the Antigonids. Home to the Macedonians, the earliest kingdom was centered on the northeastern part of the Greek peninsula, bordered by Epirus to the west, Paeonia to the north, the region of Thrace to the east and Thessaly to the south. Read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macedonia_(ancient_kingdom) 

The Roman province of Macedonia was officially established in 146 BC, after the Roman general Quintus Caecilius Metellus defeated Andriscus of Macedon, the last self-styled King of the ancient kingdom of Macedonia in 148 BC, and after the four client republics (the "tetrarchy") established by Rome in the region were dissolved. The province incorporated ancient Macedonia, with the addition of Epirus, Thessaly, and parts of Illyria, Paeonia and Thrace. This created a much larger administrative area, to which the name of 'Macedonia' was still applied. The Dardanians, to the north of the Paeonians, were not included, because they had supported the Romans in their conquest of Macedonia. Read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macedonia_(Roman_province)


The Ancient Coins from Macedonia

ALEXANDER I, First King of Macedonia 495BC Ancient Silver Greek Coin Rare i36780

The Macedonian Kindom Alexander I - King: 495-454 B.C. Silver Light Tetrobol 14mm (1.51 grams) Reference: Sear 1484; B.M.C.5.,p.160,10 Horse pacing right; A on exergual line beneath. Crested helmet right in linear square within shallow incuse.King of Aigai, Alexander enlarge dhis kingdom after the retreat of the Persians in 479 B.C., and was the first of the Macedonian rulers to place his name on coinage.

ALEXANDER III the GREAT Pella Antigonos II Tetradrachm Silver Greek Coin i46302

Greek Coin of Macedonian Kingdom Alexander III the Great - King of Macedonia: 336-323 B.C. Struck under Antigonos II Gonatas: Macedonian King: 277-239 B.C. Silver Tetradrachm 27mm (16.80 grams) Pella mint, circa: 275-271 B.C. Reference: Price 621; Müller 230; SNG Copenhagen 713; Mathisen, Administrative VI.6, dies A19/P44 Head of Alexander the Great as Hercules right, wearing the lion-skin headdress. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ AΛEΞANΔΡOY, Zeus Aetophoros seated left, holding eagle and scepter; Macedonian helmetin field to left; OK monogram below throne.

AKANTHOS in MACEDONIA 480BC Lion Authentic Ancient Silver Greek Coin i46281

Greek city of Akanthos in Macedonia Silver Tetrobol 15mm (2.11 grams) Struck circa 480-470 B.C. Reference: SNG ANS 18-21 Forepart of lioness right, seen from above; acanthus above. Quadripartite incuse square.

OLYNTHOS in MACEDONIA for CHALKIDIAN LEAGUE 432BC Apollo Lyre Greek Coin i49241

Greek city of Olynthos in Macedonia Chalkidian League Bronze 15mm (3.51 grams) Struck circa 432-348 B.C. Reference: Sear 1433; B.M.C. 5.31; Cf. Robinson-Clement Group M; SNG ANS 552 Laureate head of Apollo right. XAΛKIΔΕΩΝ, Lyre.

PERDIKKAS III brother of PHilip Kingdom of Macedonia 365BC Greek Coin i49479

Greek coin of the Kingdom of Macedonia Perdikkas III - King: 365-359 B.C. Bronze 18mm (3.34 grams) Reference: Sear 1515; B.M.C. 5.2,3 Head of young Hercules right wearing lion-skin headdress. ΠΕΡΔΙΚ / KA above and below lion standing right, holding broken spear in his jaws.

Amphipolis in Macedonia 410BC Apollo Torch Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i49256

Greek city of Amphipolis in Macedonia Bronze 20mm (8.18 grams) Struck 168-149 B.C. Reference: Sear 1390 var.; SNG ANS 87 var. Laureate head of Apollo left. ΑΜ / ΦΙ above and below race-torch; all within linear square.

Eion in Macedonia 475BC Goose & Lizard RARE Ancient Silver Greek Coin i26077

Greek city of Eion in Macedonia Silver Diobol 13mm (0.92 grams) circa 475-450 B.C. Reference: SNG ANS 284; SNG Lockett 1320 Goose standing right looking back, lizard above, H behind. Quadripartite incuse.

Alexander III the Great Bucephalus Ancient Greek MACEDONIA KOINON Coin i30608

Alexander III, the Great: Macedonian Greek King: 336-323 B.C. Roman Era, Olympic-Style Games Issue Bronze 25mm (12.19 grams) from the Koinon of Macedonia in Thrace under Roman Control Struck circa 222-235 A.D. under the reign of Roman Emperor Severus Alexander AΛЄΞANΔPOV, Head of Alexander the Great right with loose, flowing hair. KOINON MAKЄΔONΩN NEΩ, Alexander the Great on his legendary horse, Bucephalus, galloping right with cape flowing behind him and holding spear.* Numismatic Note: Leaders like Julius Caesar and the Romans and the Greeks alike had immense respect for the great accomplishments of Alexander the Great. Macedonia, being the kingdom of Alexander the Great's birth, this coin featuring his likeness heralds the Neocorate status of the area, along with the Olympic-style games that accompanied it. Highly-coveted type.

Akanthos in Macedonia 470BC Authentic Ancient Silver Greek Coin w Bull i36765

Greek city of Akanthos in Macedonia Silver Tetrobol 16mm (2.36 grams) Struck circa 470-390 B.C. Reference: SNG ANS 35 Forepart of bull kneeling left, head right, two laurel branches above. Shallow quadripartite incuse square.

Thessalonica in Macedonia 187BC Ancient Greek Coin Athena War Magic Horse i33502

Greek city of Thessalonica in Macedonia Bronze 18mm (4.50 grams) Struck 187-31 B.C. Reference: SNG ANS 770 Head of Athena wearing Corinthian helmet. ΘEΣΣAΛO / NIKHΣ above and below horse prancing right.

Thessalonica in Macedonia 88BC RARE Ancient Greek Coin Centaurs Janus i40946

Greek city of Thessalonica in Macedonia Bronze 24mm (6.59 grams) from the ancient Greek city of Thessalonica in the Province of Macedonia 88-21 B.C. under the control of the Romans Reference: Moushmov 6607 Laureate head of Janus ΘEΣΣAΛONIKEΩN, Two Centaurs prancing, back to back, each holding branch.

URANOPOLIS in MACEDONIA 300BC Aphrodite as Uranus Earth Globe Greek Coin i42118

Greek city of Uranopolis in Macedon Bronze 17mm (3.47 grams) Struck circa 300 B.C. Reference: Sear 1475; SNG Cop. 455; SNG ANS 914;SNG Evelpidis 1363; BMC 2 Eight-rayed star, representing the sun. OYPANIΔΩΝ ΠΟΛΕΩΣ, Aphrodite Urania seated facing on globe, holding sceptre.

AMPHIPOLIS in MACEDONIA 158BC Shield Helmet Ancient Silver Greek Coin i30137

Greek city of Amphipolis in Macedonia Silver Tetrobol 14mm (2.48 grams) Struck 158-149 B.C. Reference: Sear 1387 cf.; B.M.C. 5., p.9,11 cf. Macedonian shield, at center of which MA / KE above and below club right. Macedonian helmet left, with cheek-pieces.

PHILIP V King of Macedonia 180BC Rare Greek Coin HERO O PERSEUS Flute i21960

Greek King: Philip V - King of Macedonia: 221-179 B.C. Bronze 18mm (4.04 grams) Uncertain Macedonian mint. Struck circa 180/79 B.C. Reference:  Mamroth, Bronzemünzen 28; Touratsoglou, Macedonia 24; SNG München 1194 Head of hero Perseus right, wearing winged Phrygian helmet. B A / Φ above and below harpa within oak wreath.

PHILIPPI Macedonia 357BC Hercules Tripod Bow QUALITY Ancient Greek Coin i275088

Greek city of Philippi in Macedonia Bronze 18mm (5.80 grams) Struck 357-330 B.C. Reference: Sear 1452 var.; B.M.C. 5.8 var. Head of young Hercules left in lion's skin. Tripod; ΦIΛIΠΠΩΝ to right, bow in case to left.  

KASSANDER king of Macedonia 319BC Hercules Lion Ancient Greek Coin i49232

Greek coin of the Kingdom of Macedonia Kassander - King: 319-297 B.C. Bronze 15mm (2.94 grams) Struck at Pella or Amphipolis Reference: SNG Copenhagen 1154-5; Cf. SNG Alpha Bank 937-41 (monograms). Head of young Hercules right, clad in lion's skin. BAΣIΛEΩΣ KAΣΣANΔPOY, Lion walking left, broken spear in jaws; monograms below.

AMPHAXITIS Macedonia 196BC Hercules & Club RARE Ancient Greek Coin i30661

Greek city of Amphaxitis in Macedon Bronze 21mm (6.51 grams) Struck 196-168 B.C. Reference: Sear 1376; B.M.C. 5.1,2; AMNG III 73; SNG Copenhagen 36 var. (monograms) Head of young Hercules right, in lion's skin. ΑΜΦΑ / ΞΙΩΝ abow and below club right, within oak-wreath; monogram beneath.'Autonomous issue in the time of the Macedonian kings Philip V and Perseus. 

Macedonia 288BC Ancient Greek Coin Shield w Gorgon's head Helmet i30222

Greek - Macedonia during the Interregnum period 288-277 B.C. Bronze 15mm (3.82 grams) Reference: Sear 6781 Macedonian shield with Gorgon's head at center. Macedonian helmet dividing B - A ; in lower field to left, caduceus; to right, monogram.

TRAGILOS in MACEDONIA 400BC Hermes & Rose Ancient Greek Coin i31186

Greek city of Tragilos in Macedonia Bronze 17mm (4.52 grams) Struck circa 400 B.C. Reference: Sear 1472; SNG ANS 911; SNG Copenhagen 452 Head of Hermes right, wearing petasos. TPAIΛION, Rose; crescent in field to right.

Roman Republic Caecilia 29a Conquest of Macedonia Shield Elephant Coin i45456

Roman Republic M. Caecilius Q.f. Q.n. Metellus moneyer Silver Denarius 17mm (3.78 grams) Rome mint, circa 127 B.C. Reference: Caecilia 29a; B.M.C. 1147; Syd. 480a; Craw. 263/1b Head of Roma right, ROMA downward behind, star below chin. M. METELLVS. Q . F around Macedonian shield with elephant's head at center; all within laurel wreath.

Roman Protectorate of Macedonia 168BC Roma Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i40774

Greek city of the Roman Protectorate of Macedonia Bronze 25mm (11.47 grams) Struck circa 168-167 B.C. Time of Aemilius Paullus. Gaius Publilius. Quaestor, circa 168-167 B.C. Helmeted head of Roma right. MAKEΔONΩN / TAMIOY ΓAIOY / ΠΟΠΛΙΛIΟΥ in three lines, all within oak wreath.* Numismatic Note: Very rare, possibly unpublished coin from the Roman Macedonian protectorate with the name of the famous consul of the Roman Republic!

AUGUSTUS 27BC Edessa in Macedonia Authentic Ancient Roman Coin i33917

Augustus - Roman Emperor: 27 B.C. - 14 A.D. Bronze 22mm (9.83 grams) of Edessa in Macedonia Reference: Sear GIC 28; B.M.C. 5.39,16 ΚΑΙΣΑΡ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΣ, Laureate head right. ΕΔΕΣ / ΣΑΙΩΝ in two lines within laurel-wreath; Θ above.

Tiberius 14AD Philippi Macedonia City Foundation Scene Ancient Roman Coin i30519

Tiberius - Roman Emperor: 14-37 A.D. - Bronze 18mm (4.18 grams) mint of Philippi in Macedonia 14-37 A.D. Reference: RPC I 1657; BMC 89 TI AVG, Bare head of Tiberius right. Foundation scene, two priests (pontiffs) plowing with two oxen right.

Claudius 41AD Province of Macedonia Ancient Roman Coin Macedonian shield i32126

Claudius - Roman Emperor: 41-54 A.D. - Bronze 24mm (6.87 grams) from the Province of Macedonia 41-54 A.D. Reference: RPC 1612; SGI 425. TI KΛAVΔIOΣ KAIΣAP, bare head left. ΣEBAΣTOΣ MAKEΔONΩN around the Macedonian shield.

TITUS & DOMITIAN CAESARS 77AD Stobi Macedonia Roman Coin Dionysus Temple i28335

Titus & Domitian as Caesars Bronze 25mm (5.10 grams) of Stobi in Macedonia Struck 77-78 A.D. Reference: RPC 311; Boric-Breskovic, Stobi, p. 29, Type 3; AMNG III -; Varbanov 3805 T CAESAR IMP DOMITIANVS CAESAR, Laureate and draped bust of Titus right vis-à-vis bare head of Domitian left. MVNICIPI STOBENSIVM, tetra-style temple on podium with two steps; inside, Dionysus standing left; clipeus in pediment.

DOMITIAN 81AD Amphipolis Macedonia ARTEMIS Ancient Roman / Greek Coin i29397

Domitian - Roman Caesar: 69-81 A.D. Emperor: 81-96 A.D. - Bronze 19mm (5.99 grams) of Amphipolis in Macedonia Reference: RPC 341; SNG Cop. 100 AVTO KЄCAP ΔOMITIANOC, Laureate head right. ΑΜΦΙΠΟΛΙΤΩΝ, Artemis Tauropolos standing left, holding long torch and branch, shield at her feet.

MARCUS AURELIUS 161AD Macedonia Koinon Shield Ancient Roman Coin i48742

Marcus Aurelius - Roman Emperor: 161-180 A.D. - Bronze 18mm (5.58 grams) of Macedonia Koinon Reference: Varbanov 3046 var. (head laureate), Moushmov 5890 var. (same), AMNG 283 var. (same) Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. KOINON MAKEDOΔΟΝΩΝ around Macedonian shield.

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Guide to rare ANCIENT SILVER GREEK Coins Collection VIDEO

Guide to SILVER Ancient GREEK COINS - See RARE Collection Types

Learn what different ancient silver Greek coins looked like and about the different numismatic coins for collecting purposes.

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The ancient Greeks used several metals, predominantly gold, silver and bronze types for their money standards. The ancient Greek world had a lot of city-states and kingdoms that stretched out into vast empires. The purpose of this guide and video illustrated above is to get you acquainted with some of the rarest, most desirable types of ancient silver Greek coins. With the focus being on silver, we explore 35 different ancient coins in my collection which are available in my online eBay coin shop.

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Enjoy the many descriptions and pictures of the coins I show in the video. When clicking on the photos below, it will bring up all silver Greek coins, or if you click on the underlined words, you will search my store for that term to see all coins with that keyword.    

KAULONIA in BRUTTIUM 530BC Very RARE Ancient Silver Greek Stater Coin i31196

Greek city of Kaulonia in Bruttium Silver Stater 28mm (6.23 grams) Struck 530-480 B.C. Reference: Sear 252; B.M.C. 1.9 KAVΛ. Apollo, naked, walking right, holding laurel-branch in right hand and bearing on his left arm a small running naked figure, also carrying branch; in field to right, stag standing right, looking back. Similar to obverse, but incuse and reversed, and without legend.    

Side in Pamphylia 183BC Silver Tetradrachm LARGE Ancient Greek Coin i54544

Greek city of Side in Pamphylia Silver Tetradrachm 28mm (16.34 grams) Struck circa 183-175 B.C. under  Kleuchares, magistrate. Reference: SNG von Aulock 4797; SNG France 696-701; SNG Copenhagen 40 Helmeted head of Athena right. Nike advancing left, holding wreath; in left field, pomegranate; ΚΛΕ - ΥΧ across  fields.    

Athens Greece ARCHAIC 490BC TETRADRACHM Ancient Silver Greek Coin OWL i52150

Greek city of  Athens in Attica Greece - Archaic Silver Tetradrachm 20mm (16.90 grams) Struck circa 490-482 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 1591 (R2); Seltman 1927, Groups E and F; Cf. Svoronos Pl. 5;  cf. Asyut pl. XVIII Archaic head of Athena right wearing crested helmet decorated with chevron and  dot pattern. Owl standing right, head facing, olive sprig behind, ΑΘΕ before.     

Athens in Attica Greece 320BC Ancient Tetradrachm Silver Greek Coin i40763

Greek city of Athens in Attica Greece - Silver Tetradrachm 21mm (17.13 grams) Struck circa 320-294 B.C. Reference: Svornos-pl.20#5 Head of Athena  right, of more advanced style, the eye seen in true profile; she wears crested helmet ornamented with three olive-leaves and floral scroll. Owl standing right, head facing; to right AΘE; to left, olive-twig and crescent.    

ATHENS Attica Greece 353BC Authentic Ancient Silver Greek Coin ATHENA OWL i53512

Greek city of Athens in Attica Greece - Silver Hemidrachm 13mm (1.99 grams) Struck circa 353-294 B.C. Reference: Kroll 19c-h; HGC 4, 1642 Head of Athena right, with profile eye, wearing Attic helmet. Owl standing facing between olive sprays; AΘE around.

SELINOS in SICILY 540BC Parsley Leaf Stater Ancient Silver Greek Coin i46253

Greek city of Selinos in Sicily Silver Stater 22mm (8.43 grams) Struck circa 540-515 B.C. Reference: HGC 2, 1208; Arnold-Biucchi 1992, no. 3 (R1) Wild parsley leaf. Incuse square with twelve alternating raised and lowered triangular compartments.      

KELENDERIS CILICIA 425BC Stater Nude Horse Rider Goat Silver Greek Coin i46254

Greek city of Kelenderis in Cilicia Silver Stater 22mm (10.67 grams) Struck circa 425-400 B.C. Reference: SNG BN Paris 49 (stgl.). SNG von Aulock 5627 (stgl.). Kraay, Celenderis Hoard, NC 1962, 5, 16 (stgl.); Sear 5529 var. Naked rider, with whip in left hand, seated sideways on horse prancing left, from which he is about to dismount, KEΛ below. Goat kneeling left, looking back; ivy-spray above goat.     

Kingdom of ELYMAIS Kamnaskires VI 1-2CenAD Silver Tetradrachm Greek Coin i46270

Greek Coin Kingdom of Elymais Kamnaskires VI - King: late 1st-early 2nd Century A.D. Billon Silver Tetradrachm 29mm (14.66 grams) Reference: Sear GIC 5888; B.M.C. 28.250,14; De Morgan 17 (pl. II, 1) Diademed and cuirassed bust of king left, with long beard and wide fringe of hair below diadem; behind, star within crescent above anchor. Male bust left, diademed and draped, with short beard; badly blundered Greek legend in four lines forming square around.     

ARADOS in PHOENICIA 350BC Stater Deity Galley Ancient Silver Greek Coin i46289

Greek city of Arados in Phoenicia of King Gerostratos possibly Silver Stater 18mm (9.87 grams) Struck 350-332 B.C. Reference: Sear 5977; B.M.C. 26.11,67 Laureate head of bearded deity right. Galley right, on three lines of waves; above, Phoenician letters.

ALEXANDER III the GREAT Pella Antigonos II Tetradrachm Silver Greek Coin i46302

Greek Coin of Macedonian Kingdom Alexander III the Great - King of Macedonia: 336-323 B.C. Struck under Antigonos II Gonatas: Macedonian King: 277-239 B.C. Silver Tetradrachm 27mm (16.80 grams) Pella mint, circa: 275-271 B.C. Reference: Price 621; Müller 230; SNG Copenhagen 713; Mathisen, Administrative VI.6, dies A19/P44 Head of Alexander the Great as Hercules right, wearing the lion-skin headdress. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ AΛEΞANΔΡOY, Zeus Aetophoros seated left, holding eagle and scepter; Macedonian helmet in field to left; OK monogram below throne.    

SELEUKOS I Nikator Tetradrachm Athena ELEPHANT Silver Greek Coin Seleukid i46301

Greek Coin of Seleucid Kingdom Seleukos I, Nikator - King: 312-280 B.C. Silver Tetradrachm 26mm (17.27 grams) Struck circa 312-280 B.C. Reference: Sear 6831 var.; HGC 9, 18 Laureate head of Zeus right. Athena, brandishing spear and holding shield, standing in chariot drawn right by four horned elephants; on left, ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ; in exergue, ΣEΛΕYKOY.    

CORINTH 375BC Athena Pegasus Silver Stater Ancient Greek Coin Triskeles i46350

Greek city of Corinth in Corinthia Silver Stater 21mm (8.40 grams) Struck circa 375-300 B.C. Reference: Ravel 1065; Pegasi 383; BCD Corinth 126 Pegasus, with pointed wing, flying left; koppa beneath. Helmeted head of Athena left; behind, N and triskeles of crescents within circle.    

LARISSA in THESSALY 356BC Silver Drachm Nymph Horse Ancient Greek Coin i47969

Greek city of Larissa in Thessaly Silver Drachm 20mm (5.86 grams) Struck circa 356-320 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 453; BCD Thessaly II, lot 280 Pedigree: Ex BCD Collection with his original hand-written tag and photos of this coin Head of nymph Larissa facing three-quarters left, wearing ampyx. ΛAPI/ΣΑIΩN, Horse grazing right.

LYTTOS in CRETE 430BC Eagle Boar Authentic Ancinet Silver Greek Coin i49264

Greek city of Lyttos in Crete Silver Drachm 20mm (5.50 grams) Struck circa 430-320 B.C.. Reference: Sear 3237; Svoronos, Numismatique 19; SNG Copenhagen -; BMC 5 Eagle flying left. ΓVΤΤSΘΝ, Head of boar right in dotted square within incuse square.    

THASOS an ISLAND off THRACE Archaic 525BC Satyr Nymph Silver Greek Coin i49355

Greek city of Thasos,  an Island off Thrace Silver Stater 22mm  (8.54 grams) Struck circa  525-463 B.C. Reference: HGC 6, 331; Le Rider 1-2 and 5; Sear 1357;  Weber 2500; Price & Waggoner 100-126 Naked ithyphallic satyr in kneeling-running attitude  right, carrying in his arms a struggling nymph who  raises her right hand in protest. Quadripartite incuse square.    

Rhegion in Bruttium 415BC Lion Apollo Drachm Ancient Silver Greek Coin i44063

Greek city of Rhegion in Bruttium Silver Drachm 15mm (3.89 grams) Struck 415-387 B.C. Reference: Sear 502; B.M.C.1.38 Lion's scalp facing. PHΓINON, Laureate head of Apollo right, olive-sprig behind.    

SKOTUSSA in THESSALY 440BC Horse Wheat-grain Ancient Silver Greek Coin i52158

Greek city of Skotussa in Thessaly Silver Drachm 18mm (6.02 grams) Struck circa 440-420 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 587; Sear 2217; BCD Thessaly II, lots 728-729; Weber 2927 Forepart of horse prancing left. ΣKO, Wheat-grain in its husk; all within incuse square.     

EPHESOS in IONIA 340BC SILVER Tetradrachm Bee Stag Ancient Greek Coin i53493

Greek city of Ephesos in  Ionia Silver Tetradrachm 24mm (15.01 grams) Struck circa 340-325 B.C under  magistrate Euktitos Reference: BMC 41; Pixodarus O155-2; Head Chronology, p. 34, class a, 26,  Mionnet S VI, 191; Babelon Traite 1883.40 E-Φ to left and right of bee with straight  wings. EYKTITOΣ, Forepart of stag recumbent right,  head left, palm tree to left.    

JUBA II Mauretenia CLEOPATRA SELENE Mark Antony CHILD Silver Greek Coin i53496

Greek Kigdom of Mauretenia Juba II - King 25 B.C. - 23 A.D. Juba II & Cleopatra Selene Silver Denarius 17mm (3.23 grams) Reference: Sear GIC 6005; Müller III, 109,95 REX IVBA, Diademed head of Juba II right. BACIΛICCA KΛЄOΠΑΤΡΑ, large star within crescent.    

ASPENDOS in PAMPHYLIA 370BC Silver Greek Coin NUDE WRESTLERS Triskeles i53498

Greek city of Aspendos in  Pamphylia Silver Stater 22mm (10.46 grams) Struck 370-333 B.C. Reference: Sear 5398 var.; B.M.C. 19. 98, 35-6 var. Pedigree: Ex Bowers  January 1984, 3287 Two naked athletes, wrestling, grasping each other by the arms;  AΦ between  them. Slinger standing right, about to discharge his sling; triskeles  before; ΕΣΤFEΔIΙYΣ behind; all within dotted square.    

EUKRATIDES I 171BC Silver Tetradrachm RARE R1 Indo Greek Baktria Coin i53503

Indo Greek & Baktria Kingdom in India Eukratides I Megas - King circa 171-145 B.C. Silver Tetradrachm 33mm (16.06 grams) Struck circa 170-145 B.C. Reference: HGC 12, 130 Rare R1; Bopearachchi 1 Diademed and draped bust right. The Dioscuri (Gemini twins) on horses rearing right; monogram below.     

KROTON BRUTTIUM 350BC Authentic Ancient Silver Greek Coin Eagle Tripod i45941

Greek city Kroton in Bruttium Silver Stater / Nomos 22mm (7.79 grams) Struck circa 350-300 B.C. Reference: SNGANS-362; HNItaly-2172 Eagle standing left atop olive branch. Tripod altar, KPO in field to left; Δ in field to right.    

APAMEIA in PHRYGIA 88BC Cistophoric Tetradrachm Ancient Silver Greek Coin i53491

Greek city of Apameia in Phrygia Silver Cistophoric Tetradrachm 23mm (11.28 grams) Struck  circa 88-67 B.C. Attalos and Timo-, magistrates. Reference: Sear 5113 var.; Kleiner, Late Issue XVII; SNG Copenhagen  156 Cista mystica with serpent; all within ivy-wreath. Two serpents entwined around bow and bowcase; ATTA/ΛΟY/TIMΩ  in three lines above, aulos (double flute) to right; TA  in field to left.     

VELIA in LUCANIA 300BC Philistion group Silver Greek Coin Athena Lion i53521

Greek city of Velia in Lucania Silver Stater 21mm (6.89 grams) Struck circa 300-280 B.C. Philistion group. Reference: Williams 506 (O254/R355); HN Italy 1312; SNG ANS 1387; Weber 938 Head of Athena left, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with a dolphin, Φ on  neck guard. Lion standing right; above, Φ-I flanking ornate trident head right; YEΛHTΩN in  exergue.    

AKRAGAS in SICILY 510BC Didrachm EAGLE CRAB Silver Greek Coin RARE R1 i53571

Greek city of Akragas in Sicily Silver Didrachm 21mm (8.23 grams) Struck circa 510-500 B.C. Reference: HGC 2, 87 Rare R1; Jenkins 1970, Group Ia AKRA/CANTOΣ, Eagle standing left. Crab.    

Celtic Eastern Europe Silver Tetradrachm as Greek Philip II Macedon Coin i54000

Celtic Tribe of Eatern Europe Making coins in style of Greek king Philip II - King of Macedon: 359-336 B.C. Silver Tetradrachm 25mm (14.20 grams) under unknown Celtic Tribe circa  Early 3rd century B.C. Reference: Lanz -; CCCBM I -; Pink - Laureate head of Zeus right. ΦΙΛΠΠΟΥ, Youth on horseback right, holding  palm; below belly, Λ above torch; K below raised foreleg.    

THASOS Island off Thrace Dionysus Hercules Silver Greek Tetradrachm Coin i54356

Greek city of Thasos, an Island off Thrace Silver Tetradrachm 35mm (16.68 grams) Struck after 148 B.C. Reference: Sear 1759; B.M.C 3. 67-78; SNG Cop. 1039 Head of young Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy and with the band across forehead. HPAKΛΕΟΥΣ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ ΘΑΣΙΩΝ, Hercules, naked, standing left, holding club, lion's skin over left arm; monogram in field to left.    

WINGED MONSTER on RARE Himera in Sicily 465BC Ancient Silver Greek Coin i36632

Greek city of Himera in Sicily Silver Litra 11mm (0.63 grams) Struck circa 465-415 B.C. Reference: Sear 816 var; B.M.C. 2.41 var. Forepart of monster right, with bearded human head, goat's horn, lion's paw and curled wing. HIMERAION, Naked youth seated on goat prancing left.

Tarsus Cilicia 369BC Silver Greek Coin NGC Certified AU Datames Satrap i28602

Greek city of Tarsus in Cilicia Datames, Persian Satrap of Cilicia and Cappadocia, 369-361 B.C.  Silver  Stater (23mm, 10.55gm.), Tarsos, 369-361 B.C. Reference: SNGLev 83; SNGFr 292, BMC 35; SNG Cop 300, SNGvA 5943. Certification: NGC Ancients Ch AU Strike: 4/5 Surface: 3/5    4277593-001 BALTRZ (=Baaltars) in Aramaic to left, Baaltars seated right, torso facing,  holding eagle-tipped scepter in right hand, grain ear & grape-bunch in left;  thymiaterion to right; all within crenellated wall. TDNM (=Datames) in Aramaic in the center, Ana, nude, facing Datames; both  have their right arms raised; between them, thymiaterion; all within pelleted  square border within linear border.

KROTON in BRUTTIUM 480BC Silver Stater NGC Certified Ch XF Greek Coin i53836

Greek city Kroton in Bruttium Silver Stater 20mm (7.58 grams) Struck circa 480-430 B.C. Reference: SNG ANS-266 NGC Ancients Certified Ch XF Strike: 5/5 Surface: 3/5 3762382-007 Tripod altar, heron at left. Incuse altar.

Pedigree: From the Dr. Michael Phillip Collection. Ex: Stack's Sale December 7, 8 1989 Lot# 3016. Ex: Stack's Sawhill Sale March 1979 Lot#1009. Ex: Stack's Massachusetts Historical Society Sale March 1971, Lot# 77.

KYRENE KYRENAICA 308BC Silphium Plant NGC Certified VF Silver Greek Coin i53837

Greek city of  Kyrene in  Kyrenaica Silver Didrachm 18mm (7.73 grams) Struck circa 308-277 B.C. Reference:  SNG Cop-1234; BMC-29.51,229 NGC Ancients Certified Ch VF Strike: 3/5 Surface: 5/5 3762382-009 Diademed head of Carneius wearing horn of Ammon facing right. Silphium plant with two pairs of leaves, cornucopiae in right field.

Pedigree: From the Dr. Michael Phillip Collection; Ex: Stack's Sale December 7, 8 1989 Lot# 3212.

AMPHIPOLIS in MACEDONIA 158BC NGC Certified TETRADRACHM Silver Greek Coin i54510

Greek city of Amphipolis in Macedonia Silver Tetradrachm 30mm (16.96 grams) Struck 158-149 B.C. Reference: Sear 1386 Certification: NGC Ancients Ch XF Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5 3987680-080 Macedonian shield, at center of which but of Artemis Tauropolos right; bow and  quiver at her shoulder. MAKEΔONΩΝ / ΠΡΩΤΗΣ above and below club  right; in field above, monogram; all within oak-wreath, to left of which,  thunderbolt.

225BC Alexander the Great LYSIMACHOS Kalchedon Tetradrachm NGC Greek Coin i54512

Greek city of Kalchedon in Bithynia in the name and types of Lysimachos - King of Thrace: 323-281 B.C. - Silver Tetradrachm 28mm (16.94 grams) Struck circa 225 B.C. Reference: HGC 7, 526; Marinescu Group IV, Issue 46, 104.1 (O41/R95 - this  coin); Müller 254 Certification: NGC Ancients Ch XF Strike: 5/5 Surface: 3/5 4246219-010 Diademed head right of the deified Alexander the Great, wearing the  horn of Ammon. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΛΥΣΙΜΑXΟΥ,  Athena Nikephoros  seated left, left arm resting on shield, spear behind; bow and  quiver to inner  left; monogram in field to left; grain ear below.

ALEXANDER III the GREAT 260BC NGC Certified Silver TETRADRACHM Greek Coin i54522

Alexander III the Great - King of  Macedonia: 336-323 B.C. Silver Tetradrachm 27mm (16.74 grams) Kalchedon in Bithynia mint, circa 260-220 B.C. Reference: Price 929 var. (Kallatis; monogram below throne); SNG München -; SNG  Alpha Bank -; SNG Saroglos - Certification:   NGC Ancients XF Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5 Fine Style  4277580-002 Head of Alexander the Great as  Hercules right, wearing the lion-skin headdress. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ AΛEΞANΔΡOY, Zeus Aetophoros seated left, holding  eagle and scepter; KA monogram in field to left; ΔX monogram below throne.

Patraos King of Paeonia 335BC NGC Certified Ch XF Silver Tetradrachm Coin i54736

Greek Coin of the Kingdom of Paeonia Patraos - King, circa 340-315 B.C. Silver Tetradrachm 27mm (12.49 grams) Struck circa 335-315 B.C. Reference: Sear 1520; B.M.C. 5.4; Paeonian Hoard I, 227 (these dies); SNG ANS  1030 Certification:  NGC Ancients  Ch XF Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5 4277578-004 Provenance: ex Paeonian Hoard of 1968 (IGCH 410) Laureate head of Apollo right, with short hair. ΠATPAOY, Paeonian cavalryman, wearing  crested Attic helmet and full armor, on horseback galloping right and spearing  fallen Macedonian solider holding a round shield, a bucranium in left field.


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THESSALY Ancient Greek Coin GUIDE to COLLECTING Types

Guide to Ancient Greek Coins of Thessaly Central Greece

List of the cities in Thessaly which issued coins in ancient times and a collection of coins from the area

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The goal of this guide is to share the information about the types of ancient Greek coins that were struck by the Greek towns of the area in central Greece known as Thessaly. With the list you can see below, you can use to search my store by clicking on the term, or  printed out as a check-list to help you put together a coin collection from the area. With the video and the list of coins along with pictures and descriptions of them, you too, can become an expert in these types of coins.  Some of the cities just issued bronze coins, others issued gold silver and bronze types.

The most comprehensive book on the subject is Handbook of Ancient Greek Coins Volume 4 by Oliver D. Hoover. The other book to get is the Volume I and Volume II of Ancient Greek Coins and Their Values by David R. Sear. You can also see pictures and descriptions of coins from Thessaly for research purposes at this research site, by scrolling to the section on Thessaly with much information about the coin types.

The most prominent town of ancient Thessaly was Larissa, which minted some of the most prolific coin types of that area. Many of the city's coins featured a nymph and a horse. Many of the coins of ancient Thessaly featured horses. Thessaly issued coins into the Roman times, and the types are known as Greek Imperial/ Roman Provincial. Coins discussed in this video include those of Augustus, Claudius and Gallienus.

List of The Cities of Ancient Thessaly

Atrax
Demetrias
Dion
Ekkarra
Eureoioi
Eurymenai
Gomphi
Gonnos
Gyrton
Halos
Herakleia Trachinia
Homolion
Hypata
Iolkos
Kierion
Krannon
Lamia
Larissa
Larissa Kremaste
Meliboia
Melitaia
Methylion
Metropolis
Mopsion
Olosson
Orthos
Pagasai
Pelinna
Peuma
Phakion
Phalanna
Phaloria
Pharkadon
Pharos
Pharsalos
Pherai
Pherai, Teisiphon Tyrant of
Pherai, Alexander Tyrant of
Pierasia
Proerna
Rhizous
Skotoussa
The Ainians 
The Magnetans 
The Malians 
The Oitaians 
The Perrhaibans 
The Thessalian League 
Thebai Phthiotides 
Trikka 
Tripolis


Examples of Authentic Ancient Greek Coins of Thessaly

See the coins illustrated in the video here. It is great to see what these coins look like and get to appreciate the art and history of them.

LARISSA in THESSALY 356BC Silver Drachm Nymph Horse Ancient Greek Coin i47970

Greek city of Larissa in Thessaly Silver Drachm 20mm (5.75 grams) Struck circa 356-320 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 453; BCD Thessaly II, lot 280 Pedigree: Ex BCD Collection with his original hand-written tag and photos of this coin Head of nymph Larissa facing three-quarters left, wearing ampyx. ΛAPI/ΣΑIΩN, Horse grazing right.This city was named after a local water nymph named Larissa. The story goes that the nymph drowned while playing ball on the banks of the Peneios River. In Greek mythology, the Greek hero Perseus accidentally killed his grandfather, King Akrisios of Argos when participating in the funeral games held in the city for nymph Larissa. The people of that city made their wealth from the rich agricultural area around the city and from breeding horses.

LARISSA in THESSALY 420BC Silver Drachm HERO vs BULL Ancient Greek Coin i47972

Greek city of Larissa in Thessaly Silver Drachm 20mm (5.72 grams) Struck circa 420-400 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 420; BCD Thessaly II, lot 173-175 and 370.1; ANG Ashmolean 3860 Pedigree: Ex BCD Collection with his original hand-written tag and photos of this coin Hero (Thessalos or Jason) wrestling a bull. ΛAPI/ΣΑIΩN, Horse grazing right.This type references taurokathapsia (bull-wrestling) with the depiction of a hero wrestling the bull, which was a sport played at the Taureia games honoring Poseiodn Taureios. Jason was the father of Thessalos in a mythological tradition whom in turn was the ancestor of the entire Thessalian people.

Larissa in Thessaly 460BCObol Horse Lion Hydira Ancient Silver Greek Coin i46757

Greek city of Larissa  in Thessaly Silver Obol 12mm (0.72  grams) Struck circa 460-400 B.C. Reference: BCD Thessaly II 358.1 Horse prancing right; above, head of lion right. Larissa standing right, balancing hydria on raised knee; to left, lion's head fountain right, from which water pours forth; Λ Α RI around from upper left; all within incuse square.

LARISSA in THESSALY 462BC Obol Bull Horse Ancient Silver Greek Coins i46360

Greek city of Larissa  in Thessaly Silver Obol 11mm (0.94  grams) Struck circa 462-460 B.C. Reference: BCD Thessaly II 147; Liampi, Corpus 15i (V7/R9) Head and neck of bull left, turning to face viewer. ΛΑ (retrograde) downward to right, head and neck of bridled horse right; all within incuse square.

Larissa in Thessaly 350BC RARE Authentic Ancient Greek Coin Nymph Horse i42111

Greek city of Larissa  in Thessaly Bronze 18mm (7.42 grams) Struck 350-325 B.C. Reference: Sear 2132 var., B.M.C. 7. 86. Head of nymph Larissa three-quarter face to left, wearing necklace; hair confined by fillet and floating loosely, with ampyx in front. ΛΑΡΙΣΑIΩN. - Thessalian horseman right, holding spear, horse prancing; beneath, Σ.

LARISSA Thessaly THESSALIAN LEAGUE 196BC Athena Apollo Greek Coin i43487

Greek city of Larissa in Thessaly under Thesssalian League Bronze 19mm (6.61 grams) Struck 196-27 B.C. Hippolochos, magistrate. Reference: Rogers 21; SNG Copenhagen 315 Laureate head of Apollo right. ΘEΣΣA/ΛΩN, Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear held in her right hand, shield on her left arm; above spear; IΠΠ-OΛO; A to left; to right, P above I.

PHARSALOS in THESSALY 400BC Athena Horse Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i49251

Greek city of  Pharsalos in Thessaly Bronze 15mm (3.40 grams) Struck circa 400-344 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 654; Sear 2196; Rogers 485-487; BCD Thessaly II, 653, 666.2 Head of Athena left in close-fitting crested Attic helmet ornamented with figure of Skylla. ΦΑΡΣ, Helmeted cavalryman charging right on horseback, brandishing flail upon which bird perches.One of the more important towns of Thessaly, Pharsalos was built on the northern slopes of Mt. Narthakios. It was the scene of Caesar's famous victory over Pompey in 48 B.C.

PHARSALOS in THESSALY 400BC Athena Horseman Footman Ancient Greek Coin i49255

Greek city of  Pharsalos in Thessaly Bronze 21mm (9.17 grams) Struck circa 400-344 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 646; Sear 2193 var.; Rogers 503-504; BCD Thessaly II, 671.3-4 Head of Athena three-quarter face to left, wearing triple-crested Corinthian helmet. ΦΑΡΣ, Helmeted cavalryman charging right on horseback, brandishing flail; bird perches on helmet; footman advancing right, behind, carrying flail over shoulder.

PHARSALOS in THESSALY 400BC Athena Horse Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i49216

Greek city of  Pharsalos in Thessaly Bronze 12mm (1.58 grams) Struck circa 400-344 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 655; Sear 2197; Weber 2912; BCD Thessaly I, lot 1286; BCD Thessaly II, lots 649 and 654 Head of Athena in Attic helmet right adorned with Skylla. ΦΑΡΣ, Head of horse right.

SKOTUSSA Thessaly400BC Hercules Horse Rare Ancient Silver Greek Coin i22382

Greek city of Skotussa in Thessaly Silver Trihemiobol 12mm (1.00 grams) Struck 400-367 B.C. Reference: Sear 2219 var. Bearded head of Hercules right, wearing lion's skin. Forepart of horse right, left leg raised; Σ-KO in lower field.

Details about SKOTUSSA in THESSALY 300BC Ares Horse Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i49475

Greek city of  Skotussa in Thessaly Bronze 20mm (5.32 grams) Struck 300-200 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 615; Sear 2223 Head of Ares right, in close-fitting helmet ornamented with plume. ΣKOTOYΣ / ΣAIΩN  above and below horse prancing right.

Details about KRANNON in THESSALY 400BC Horseman Hydria Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i49156

Greek city of Krannon in Thessaly Bronze 15mm (4.87 grams) Struck circa 400-344 B.C. Reference: Sear 2073 var.; HGC 4, 385 Horseman galloping right. Hydria, mounted on wheels.The city was near the source of the river Onchestos. People of Krannon held Poseidon in high regard. The city derived it's name from the various springs in the area (called kranna in Aiolic Greek). The city had an abundance of sheep and horses grazing in the plains which brought it great wealth. In times of drought, they had a hydria on wheels which they paraded through the city accompanied by prayers to Apollo, which it was famous for. There was also a temple of Athena and Asclepius in the city.

Details about Perrhaiboi in Thessaly 450BC Athena Horse Ancient Greek Silver Coin i46721

Greek city of Perrhaiboi in Thessaly Silver Obol 13mm (0.78 grams) Struck circa 450-400 B.C. Reference: BCD Thessaly II 551.1 Horse prancing right. Π–E–P–A, Athena Itonia, holding spear, aegis over arm, advancing right within incuse square. 

Details about Larissa Kremaste in Thessaly 300BC ACHILLES Troy Hero Ancient Greek Coin i49349

Greek city of Larissa Kremaste in Thessaly Bronze Trichalkon 19mm (5.34 grams) Struck circa 300-200 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 13; BCD Thessaly II, 403 Head of Achilles left. ΛΑΡΙ, Thetis riding hippocamp left, charring shield.Situated in the south of Thessaly, Larissa Kremaste was built on a height, hence its name. It was taken by Demetrios Poliorketes in 302 B.C., during his invasion of Thessaly. The myth goes that Achilles, the tragic hero of the Trojan war was born in the city and ruled a port of it's dominions. Larissa Kremaste was also the city that Perseus visited on his exile from Argos. Thetis was the mother of Achilles, who is shown on coins from the city to be delivering weapons to him that were forged by the smith god, Hephaistos. 

Details about MOPSION Thessaly 350BC MOPSUS v CENTAUR RARE Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i46547

Greek city of Mopsion in Thessaly Bronze Trichalkon 22mm (8.53 grams) Struck circa 2nd half of the 4th century B.C. Reference: Sear 2154 Head of Zeus three-quarter face to right; thunderbolt in field to right. ΜΟΨEIΩΝ, The Lapith Mopsons, naked, standing facing, wielding club about to strike Centaur rearing left, holding boulder over head with both hands.

Details about Greek city of Perrhaiboi in Thessaly Authentic Ancient Coin 2ndCenBC Zeus i42044

Greek city of Perrhaiboi in Thessaly Bronze Trichalkon 22mm (6.35 grams) Struck Late 2nd to early 1st century B.C. Reference: Rogers 440; SNG Copenhagen 197; BCD Thessaly II 561; SNG Alpha bank 194ff Laureate and bearded head of Zeus right. ΠEPPAIBΩN, Hera, diademed and draped, seated right on backless throne, holding long scepter with her right and resting her left on her knee.

Details about GYRTON in THESSALY 400BC Zeus Cult Horse Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i37414

Greek city of Gyrton in Thessaly Bronze 20mm (6.86 grams) Struck 400-344 B.C. Reference: Sear 2089; B.M.C. 7.5 Laureate head of Zeus left. ΓΥΡΤΩΝΙΟΝ, Horse trotting left; ΠM monogram below.

Details about PHALANNA in THESSALY 350BC Ares Nymph Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i49209

Greek city of  Phalanna in Thessaly Bronze 17mm (4.06 grams) Struck circa 350-325 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 175; Sear 2180; BCD Thessaly I, lot 1255; BCD Thessaly II, lots 578-580 and 591 3-8 Head of Ares right. ΦΑΛΑΝΝΑΙΩΝ, Head of nymph Phalanna right, hair in sakkos.

Details about PHAKION in THESSALY 350BC Persephone Horseman RARE Ancient Greek Coin i49477

Greek city of Phakion in Thessaly Bronze 19mm (5.73 grams) Struck circa 300-200 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 542 (R1); Sear 2176; Papevangelou 1996, nos. 1-42; BCD Thessaly I, lot 1249; BCD Thessaly II, lot 566; B.M.C. 7.1,2 Head of Persephone right, wreathed with grain. ΦΑΚΙΑΣΤΩΝ, Horseman trotting right, right hand raised.

HALOS in THESSALY 302BC Zeus Phrixus on GOLDEN Ram RARE Greek Coin i49230

Greek city of  Halos in Thessaly Bronze 14mm (1.40 grams) Struck circa 302-265 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 8 (R1); BCD Thessaly II, lot 86.2 Laureate head of Zeus right. AΛΕΩN, Phrixos riding ram right.Where Halos was originally located is unknown, however it is known that to have been located in the northern Achaia Phthiotis and overlooked Crocus Field. The myth of the city starts at the Halean temple of Zeus Lpahystios where the twins Helle and Phrixos were to be sacrificed, when a golden-fleeced flying ram was sent to rescue them by their mother, the nymph Nephele. King Athamas of Boiotia, was the father of Helle and Phrixos and was believed to have been the founder of the city. At the end of the Third Sacred War, in 346 B.C. the city was destroyed by the Macedonian general Parmenion. In 302 B.C. the city was re-founded, but this time closer to the sea coast by either Kassander or his rival Demetrios Poliorketes, rivals for the Macedonian throne. By around 265 B.C. the city was abandoned ostensibly due to a bad earthquake.
Greek city of Pelinna in Thessaly Bronze 15mm (2.86 grams) Struck circa 400-344 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 284; Sear 2166 var. (horseman right) Helmeted cavalryman charging left on horseback, spearing fallen hoplite. ΠEΛΛINAEI, Thessalian peltast advancing lef, brandishing javelin and holding shield and javelin.
Greek city of Demetrias in Thessaly Federal Coinage of The Magnetes Bronze 20mm (6.20 grams) Struck 196-146 B.C. Reference: Sear 2138; B.M.C. 7.11 Laureate head of Zeus left. ΜΑΓΝΗΤΩΝ, Centaur standing right, right hand held before him, holding branch in left; plough to left, HΔ monogram below.

Details about LAMIA in THESSALY 325BC Athena Philoktetes Trojan War Archer Greek Coin i49224

Greek city of  Lamia in Thessaly Issuing in the name of the Malians (also known as the Malienses) Bronze Chalkous 15mm (1.50 grams) Struck circa 325-300 B.C. Reference: Sear 2142; Georgiou, Mint 16; Rogers (Malia) 384; BCD Thessaly II 125; HGC 4, 106 Helmeted head of Athena right. MAΛIEΩ, Philoktetes right, shooting arrow at bird falling to right; quiver to lower right.

Details about PEUMA in THESSALY 302BC Achilles Trojan War Troy Hero Ancient Greek Coin i49485

Greek city of  Peuma in Thessaly Bronze Chalkous 12mm (1.88 grams) Struck circa 302-286 B.C. Reference: Rogers 442; BCD Thessaly II 565 Wreathed head of Achilles right. ΠEYMATIΩN around AX monogram; Phrygian helmet to right.

Details about Pherai in Thessaly TYRANT Teisiphon 358BC Bull Horse Ancient Greek Coin i49345

Greek city of Pherai in Thessaly Teisiphon - Tyrant of Pherai: 358-354 B.C. Bronze Chalkous 15mm (2.22 grams) Reference: HGC 4; 585; Sear 2214; Rogers 530; BCD Thesssaly I, lot 1316; BCD Thessaly II, lots 709-710 Forepart of bull right, head facing. ΤΕΙΣΙΦΟΝΟΥ, forepart of horse prancing right.Teisiphon was the brother of Thebe who was the wife of the previous tyrant, Alexander. Thebe opened the door to Alexander's bedchamber. Teisiphons two brothers held Alexander down while Teisiphon finished him off with his sword. Through bribery, Teisiphon was able to get the support of Alexander's mercenaries, which they used to destroy the political opposition to his reign. Then he became the tyrant of the city, although he may have been a puppet of his sister Thebe. Teisiphon was succeeded by two further tyrants, whom were eventually overthrown by Philip II, king of Macedon.Situated west of Mt. Pelion, Pherai was the second city of Thessaly, after Larissa. In the 4th Century B.C. its tyrants extended their power over most of the region. 

Details about AUGUSTUS 27BC Thessaly Koinon ATHENA Authentic Ancient Roman Coin RARE i47217

Augustus - Roman Emperor: 27 B.C. - 14 A.D. Bronze Diassarion 22mm (10.46 grams) of Thessaly, Koinon of Thessaly Megalokles, strategos, and Arist–, tamias(?) Reference: Burrer Em. 2, Series 2, 69 (A17/R58); BCD Thessaly I 1398; RPC I 1428 ΣEBAΣ-TOΣ ΘEΣΣAΛΩN, laureate head right ΣTPATHΓOY M-EΓAΛOKΛEOYΣ APIΣT, Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear held in right hand, shield on her left arm; monogram to right. 

Details about CLAUDIUS 41AD Koinon of Thessaly Thessalian League Athena Roman Coin i42048 Rare

Claudius - Roman Emperor: 41-54 A.D. - Bronze Diassarion 24mm (7.57 grams) of THESSALY, Koinon of Thessaly Antigonos, strategos Reference: RPC 1435-1436; Burrer Em. 1, Series 3, Grp. 1a, 43 corr. (A15/R34; rev. legend) ΘΕΣΣΑΛΩΝ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΗΩΝ, Bare head of Augustus right. ΑΝΤΙΓΟΝΟΥ ΣΤΡΑΤΗΓΟΥ, Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear held in her right hand, shield on her left arm; monogram in left field. 

Details about GALLIENUS 253AD Koinon of Thessaly Athena Authentic Ancient Roman Coin i49342

Gallienus - Roman Emperor: 253-268 A.D. - Bronze Tetrassarion 25mm (10.33 grams) of Koinon of Thessaly in Thessaly Reference: Sear GIC 4530 var.; Burrer, MA–G 53; BCD Thessaly II 991.2-991.3 AVT. ΓΑΛΛΗNΟC ΑVΓ, Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right. KOINON ΘЄΣΣΑΛΩΝ, Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear with right hand, shield on left arm; Δ (mark of value) to left.

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