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Smyrna, Ionia

Smyrna was an ancient Greek city in Ionia. Located at a central and strategic point on the Aegean coast of Anatolia and aided by its advantageous port conditions, its ease of defense and its good inland connections, Smyrna rose to prominence before the Classical Era. Smyrna claimed to be the birthplace of the poet Homer. In Revelation 2:8-11, Smyrna, Ionia is the church that would suffer persecution. The core of the late Hellenistic and Roman Smyrna is preserved in the Izmir Agora Open Air Museum.


Vespasian Junior, 95 - 96 A.D., Smyrna, Ionia

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Vespasian Junior was the son of Flavius Clemens, Domitian's cousin and co-consul in 95 A.D. He was renamed Vespasian Junior when he was designated as Domitian's successor.The only coins of Vespasian Junior are this type, struck at Smyrna Ionia.
SH62518. Orichalcum AE 17, RPC II 1028, BMC Ionia 319, VF, weight 2.322 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 0o, Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey) mint, 95 - 96 A.D.; obverse OYECΠACIANOC NEΩTEPOC, bare-headed bust of Vespasian the Younger right; reverse ΣMYPNAIΩN, Nike walking right, wreath in right hand, palm branch over left shoulder; very rare; SOLD


Kingdom of Thrace, Lysimachos, 305 - 281 B.C., Portrait of Alexander the Great

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Thompson notes there was a single emission of staters, tetradrachms and drachms at Smyrna, which commemorated Lysimachus' contributions toward the city's rehabilitation. Only one obverse die is known for the tetradrachms.
SH11407. Silver tetradrachm, Thompson 237 (same obv die), Müller 408, SGCV II 6814 var., VF, weight 16.911 g, maximum diameter 31.9 mm, die axis 0o, Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey) mint, c. 287 - 281 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Alexander the Great wearing the horn of Ammon; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛYΣIMAXOY, Athena enthroned left, rests arm on shield, transverse spear against right side, holds Nike crowning name, Φ outer left, turreted head inner left; superb portrait in sculptural high relief, nicely toned; scarce; SOLD


Britannicus, Son of Claudius and Messalina, 12 February 41 - 11 February 55 A.D., Smyrna, Ionia

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Most authorities attribute the obverse bust to Britannicus but RPC interprets it as Nero.
RP81440. Bronze AE 17, SGICV 516, RPC I 2476, nice aVF, weight 3.992 g, maximum diameter 17.0 mm, die axis 45o, Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey) mint, 50 - 54 A.D.; obverse bare head right, reverse EΠI ΦIΛIΣTOY EIKA∆I/OΣ , (authorities Philistos and Eikadios), Nike flying right carrying trophy over shoulder; SOLD


Claudius and Agrippina Junior, 50 - 13 October 54 A.D., Smyrna, Ionia

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Agrippina Jr. was daughter of Agrippina Sr. and Germanicus, sister of Caligula, and mother of Nero. She seduced and married her uncle Claudius, murdering him after she secured the thrown for Nero. A soothsayer prophesied if Nero became emperor, he would kill his mother, Agrippina replied "Let him kill me, only let him rule!" Nero executed her in 59 A.D.
RP70082. Bronze AE 21, Klose XXX; RPC I 2475; SNG Cop 1348; BMC Ionia p. 270, 281; Lindgren I A561A, VF, nice near black dark patina, small areas of light corrosion and encrustation, strike weak upper reverse, weight 5.197 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 0o, Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey) mint, 51 - 13 Oct 54 A.D.; obverse jugate laureate head of Claudius and draped bust of Agrippina Junior right, ΣMYP below; reverse EΠI ΦIΛIΣTOY EIKA∆IOΣ (stephanephoros Philistos and strategos Eikadios), Cybele seated left, patera in right, left arm resting on tympanum on seat beside her, small lion right under seat on exergue line; rare; SOLD


Smyrna (as Eurydicea), Ionia, c. 288 - 281 B.C.

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Smyrna was briefly renamed Eurydicea at the same time that Ephesos was renamed after Arsinöe II, c. 288 - 281 BC. Eurydicea was the daughter of Lysimachos, by his first wife.
SH65990. Bronze AE 17, SNGvA 2159; SNG Cop 1105; BMC Ionia, p. 56, 75 (Ephesus as Eurydicea), VF, weight 3.839 g, maximum diameter 16.5 mm, die axis 180o, Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey) mint, c. 288 - 281 B.C.; obverse veiled bust of Eurydice right; reverse EYPY∆IKEΩN, laurel wreath on tripod lebes; very rare; SOLD


Augustus and Livia; Smyrna, Ionia; Magistrate Dionysios Kollubas

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RP81262. Leaded bronze AE 19, RPC I 2464, gVF, weight 5.973 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 0o, Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey) mint, obverse ΣEBAΣTΩI ZMYPNAIOI, jugate laureate head of Augustus with draped bust of Livia; reverse ∆IONIΣIOΣ KOΛΛYBAΣ, Aphrodite Stratonikis facing, holding scepter and Nike, leaning on column, dove right; SOLD


Caligula, 16 March 37 - 24 January 41 A.D.; Smyrna, Ionia; Julia Drusilla Reverse

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Julia Drusilla was her brother Caligula's favorite and was rumored to be his lover. In 38 A.D. she fell to fever. Caligula would not leave her side, and after she died, did not want anyone take her body away. He buried his sister with the honors of an Augusta, acted as a grieving widower, and had the Senate declare her a Goddess.
RP58846. Bronze AE 20, RPC I 2472, SNG Cop 1343, VF, weight 4.977 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 0o, Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey) mint, Menophanes, Aviola procos, c. 37 - 38 A.D.; obverse ΓAION KAICAPA EΠI AOYIOΛA, laureate head right; reverse ∆POYCIΛΛAN ZMYPNAIΩN MHNOΦANHC, Drusilla as Persephone seated left, poppies in right, grain ears and scepter in left; scarce; SOLD


Gordian III, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D., Smyrna, Ionia in Alliance with Tralleis, Lydia

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In Greek mythology, the Amazons were a nation of all-female warriors Herodotus placed them in a region bordering Scythia in Sarmatia (modern territory of Ukraine). Other historiographers place them in Asia Minor or Libya.
RP80383. Bronze AE 31, SNGvA 2249 (same dies); countermark Howgego 774i, gF, weight 16.352 g, maximum diameter 30.9 mm, die axis 180o, Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey) mint, 29 Jul 238 - 25 Feb 244 A.D.; obverse AY KAI M ANT ΓOP∆IANOC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, countermarked Γ; reverse ΣMYPNAIΩN OMONOIA TPHΛANΩN, turreted and cuirassed Amazon Smyrna (to left) standing right, facing turreted city-goddess of Tralles standing left, EΠΠOΛΛI/ANOY exergue; SOLD


Smyrna, Ionia, 2nd - 3rd Century A.D.

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Smyrna, Ionia (Revelation 2:8-11) - the church that would suffer persecution (2:10).
RP34683. Bronze AE 20, Klose, Muenzpraegung von Smyrna in der roem. Kaiserzeit, obv. die 6 rev. die 9 (pl. 9), cat. 11 p. 164 (12 spec.), aVF, weight 3.704 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 0o, Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey) mint, 2nd - 3rd century A.D.; obverse CMYPNA, draped bust of the Amazon Smyrna left, wearing mural crown, labrys in right hand over shoulder; reverse CMYPNAIΩN, lion walking right; SOLD


Smyrna, Ionia, 2nd - 3rd Century A.D.

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Smyrna was an ancient Greek city in Ionia. Located at a central and strategic point on the Aegean coast of Anatolia and aided by its advantageous port conditions, its ease of defense and its good inland connections, Smyrna rose to prominence before the Classical Era. In Revelation 2:8-11, Smyrna, Ionia is the church that would suffer persecution. The core of the late Hellenistic and Roman Smyrna is preserved in the Izmir Agora Open Air Museum.
RP76968. Bronze AE 20, Klose p. 165, 28 (V8/R23); BMC Ionia p. 258, 194 (also same dies); SNG Cop 1266; SNGvA 2186; SNG Tub 3196, Nice VF, attractive style, centered, nice patina, part of reverse legend unstruck, light scratches, weight 5.033 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 180o, Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey) mint, pseudo-autonomous, 2nd - 3rd century A.D; obverse CMVPN-A, bust of Amazon Smyrna left, crown of turreted city walls, labrys in right hand over right shoulder; reverse CMVPNA-I,ΩN (last two letters in exergue), prow of war galley right; ex Pecunem, Gitbud & Naumann auction 34 (2 Aug 2015), lot 642; SOLD




  




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