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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ Roman Coins ▸ Roman Mints ▸ EphesusView Options:  |  |  | 

Ephesos, Ionia (Turkey)

Ephesos, a city of great numismatic tradition, continued to strike cistophoric tetradrachms from Augustus to Claudius. During his bid for the throne, Vespasian opened the mint for denarii (rare) and aurei (extremely rare) production from 70 to 74 A.D. Mintmarks: EPHE.

Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Ephesos, Ionia

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The curule chair was for senior magistrates including dictators, masters of the horse, consuls, praetors, censors, and the curule aediles. As a form of a throne, it might be given as an honor to foreign kings recognized formally as a friend (amicus) by the Roman people or senate. Designed for use by commanders in the field, the curule chair could be folded for easy transport. It had no back, low arms, curved legs forming an X, and was traditionally made of or veneered with ivory.
RP84096. Bronze AE 25, Macdonald Hunter p. 330, 29 & pl. L, 17; SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, SNG Munchen -; SNG Tub -, SNG Leypold -, SNG Turkey -; SNG Hunterian -, RPC -, BMC -, VF, green patina, tight flan, corrosion, weight 12.463 g, maximum diameter 24.8 mm, die axis 30o, Ephesos mint, Aug 138 - 7 Mar 161 A.D.; obverse Antoninus Pius seated left on curule chair, laureate and togate, lituus in right hand; reverse EΦE/ΣIΩN in two lines within laurel wreath closed at the top with an annulet; ex Bankhaus Aufhuser (18 Nov 1997); very rare; $225.00 (200.25)

Ephesos, Ionia, 90 - 89 B.C.

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The torch is an attribute of Artemis and a civic symbol of Ephesus.

Mithridates VI of Pontus invaded Bithynia and Cappadocia beginning the First Mithridatic War.
GS76188. Silver cistophoric tetradrachm, Kleiner Dated 46, Pinder 36, SNG Cop 326, Cohen DCA 325, BMC Ionia -, SNGvA -, SNG Fitzwilliam -, VF, dark uneven toning on reverse, obverse struck with a worn die, weight 12.674 g, maximum diameter 27.7 mm, die axis 0o, Ephesos mint, 90 - 89 B.C.; obverse cista mystica with half-open lid, from which a snake emerges, all within wreath of ivy with berries; reverse bow-case ornamented with an apluster, strap lower right, flanked on each side by a snake with head erect, serpent-entwined staff above between snakes' heads, ME (year 45) over EΦE on left, flaming torch on right; $160.00 (142.40)

Hierapolis, Phrygia, in Homonoia with Ephesos, 253 - 268 A.D.

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In the cities of ancient Greece, the boule was a council of citizens (bouleutai) appointed to run daily affairs of the city. Originally a council of nobles advising a king, boulai evolved according to the constitution of the city; in oligarchies, boule positions might be hereditary, while in democracies, members were typically chosen by lot and served for one year. The personification of Boule is known from Athenian reliefs. She wears a chiton and a himation, and is veiled or her hair is covered by a sakkos.
RP77258. Bronze AE 24, Franke-Nolle, type IX, cf. 755 (B/-, unlisted rev. die); Weber 5905; Johnston Hierapolis -; BMC -; SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, SNG Mun -, SNG Tub -, et al. -, gF, nice for the grade, porosity, reverse slightly off center, weight 5.663 g, maximum diameter 23.7 mm, die axis 135o, Hierapolis (near Pamukkale, Turkey) mint, 253 - 268 A.D.; obverse K EΦEC-IΩN OMONY/A, laureate, veiled, and draped bust of Boule right; reverse IEPAΠ-OΛITΩN, Nike advancing left, wreath in extended right hand, palm frond against left shoulder in left hand; NEΩKO-ΩN in fields, starting upward on left, last two letters downward on right; very rare; $150.00 (133.50)

Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D., with Agrippina Junior

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Ephesos, on the west coast of Anatolia, was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League. It was famous for its Temple of Artemis, completed around 550 B.C., one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The cult image of the Ephesian goddess has a mummy-like body with the feet placed close together, is many-breasted, and from each of her hands hangs a long fillet with tassels at the ends. At her side stands a stag, raising its head to the image of the goddess. The usual symbols of this nature-goddess are the torch, stag, and the bee. Coins of Ephesos most frequently depict a bee on the obverse. The high-priest of the temple of Artemis was called King Bee, while the virgin priestesses were called honey-bees (Melissae). Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia cited in the Book of Revelation and the Gospel of John may have been written there.
GB85248. Bronze assarion, Karwiese MvE 5.2 Claudius & Agrippina O27/R70; RPC I 2624; SNG Cop 373; BMC Ionia p. 73, 205; Weber 2875; SNG Mnchen -; SNGvA -, F, dark green patina, weight 6.476 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 0o, Ephesos mint, c. 49 - 50 A.D.; obverse jugate heads right of Claudius, laureate, and Agrippina, draped; reverse stag standing right, KOYΣI/NIOΣ (Causinius, magistrate) in two lines above, o/T monogram left, ∆ right, EΦE below; $115.00 (102.35)


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