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Ancient Coins of Thyatira, Antatolia

Thyateira (also Thyatira) is the ancient name of the modern Turkish city of Akhisar ("white castle"). In Revelation, Thyatira is the church that had a false prophetess (Revelation 2:20).


Julia Titi, Augusta, c. 79 - 89 A.D., Thyatira, Lydia

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Thyateira (also Thyatira) is the ancient name of the modern Turkish city of Akhisar ("white castle"). The tripod refers to Apollo, whose worship was important at Thyatira.
RP41607. Bronze AE 16, RPC II 941, F, weight 1.650 g, maximum diameter 15.8 mm, die axis 0o, Thyatira (Akhisar, Turkey) mint, Reign of Titus, 79 - 81 A.D.; obverse IOYΛIA CEBACTH, draped bust of Julia right; reverse ΘYATEIPHNΩN, tripod altar; rare; SOLD


Nero and Poppaea, 62 - 65 A.D., Thyatira, Lydia

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Poppaea was renowned for her beauty and voluptuous extravagance. In 62 A.D., Nero divorced his wife Octavia to marry Poppaea. According to Tacitus, Poppaea married Otho only to get close to Nero and then, in turn, became Nero's favorite mistress, and then wife. She bore Nero one daughter, Claudia Augusta, born 21 January 63, who died at only four months of age. At the birth of Claudia, Nero honored mother and child with the title of Augusta. According to Suetonius, one day in the summer of 65, Poppaea quarreled fiercely with Nero over his spending too much time at the races. She was pregnant with her second child. In a fit of rage, Nero kicked her in the abdomen, killing her.
RP84927. Bronze AE 19, RPC I 2383 (6 spec.); BMC Lydia p. 302, 65; Weber 6932, SNG Cop -; SNGvA -, aVF, dark green patina, a little rough, weight 4.666 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 0o, Thyatira (Akhisar, Turkey) mint, c. 62 A.D.; obverse NERΩN KΛAY∆IOC KAICAP CEBACTOC, laureate head of Nero right; reverse ΠOΠΠAIAN CEBACTHN ΘYATIPHNOI, draped bust of Poppaea right; rare; SOLD


Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D., Thyatira, Lydia

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There may be slight drapery on the far shoulder, but on all plate coins and examples we found online both shoulders are clearly draped. This portrait also appears to be younger and of a different style than the usual bust of Nero as caesar. This type was also issued later as Augustus with a different inscription and a lightly bearded bust.
RP50379. Bronze AE 18, RPC I 2381 var.; BMC Lydia p. 302, 58 var.; SNG Cop 595 var.; SNGvA 3216 var.; et al. (all draped on both shoulders), VF, weight 2.952 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 0o, Thyatira (Akhisar, Turkey) mint, as caesar, c. 51 - 54 A.D.; obverse NEPΩN KΛAY∆I KAICAP ΓEP, bare-headed, undraped?, bust of young Nero right; reverse ΘYAT−EIΠH/NΩ−N, labrys (double-axe); an apparently unpublished bust variety of a rare type; SOLD


Nero and Poppaea, 62 - 65 A.D., Thyatira, Lydia

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Poppaea was renowned for her beauty and voluptuous extravagance. In 62 A.D., Nero divorced his wife Octavia to marry Poppaea. According to Tacitus, Poppaea married Otho only to get close to Nero and then, in turn, became Nero's favorite mistress, and then wife. She bore Nero one daughter, Claudia Augusta, born 21 January 63, who died at only four months of age. At the birth of Claudia, Nero honored mother and child with the title of Augusta. According to Suetonius, one day in the summer of 65, Poppaea quarreled fiercely with Nero over his spending too much time at the races. She was pregnant with her second child. In a fit of rage, Nero kicked her in the abdomen, killing her.
RP71349. Bronze AE 19, RPC I 2383; BMC Lydia p. 302, 65; SNG Cop -; SNGvA -, VF, nice portraits, weight 3.979 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 0o, Thyatira (Akhisar, Turkey) mint, c. 62 A.D.; obverse NEPΩN KΛAY∆IOC KAICAP CEBACTOC, laureate head of Nero right; reverse ΠOΠΠAIAN CEBACTHN Θ YATIPHNOI, draped bust of Poppaea right; rare; SOLD


Plotina, Augusta 105 - 129 A.D., Thyateira, Lydia, Conventus of Pergamum

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Plotina was the wife of Trajan, married to him before his succession. She was renowned for her virtue and simplicity. In 100, Trajan awarded her with the title of Augusta, but she did not accept the title until 105. Plotina did not appear on the coinage until 112. She was largely responsible for Hadrian's succession to the throne after the death of Trajan. Plotina died in 129 A.D.

Thyateira (also Thyatira) is the ancient name of the modern Turkish city of Akhisar ("white castle"). In Revelation, Thyateira is the church that had a false prophetess (Revelation 2:20).
RP84898. Bronze AE 17, RPC Online III 1829 (8 spec.), SNG München 628, Waddington 5357, Mionnet IV 903, BMC Lydia -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, aF, dark patina, scratches, earthen deposits, weight 3.067 g, maximum diameter 16.5 mm, die axis 180o, Thyateira (Akhisar, Turkey) mint, 105 - 117 A.D.; obverse ΠΛΩTEINA CEBACTH, draped bust right with hair in a plait behind; reverse ΘYA/TIPH/NΩN in three lines within wreath; rare; SOLD


Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D., Thyatira, Lydia

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Thyateira (also Thyatira) is the ancient name of the modern Turkish city of Akhisar ("white castle"). In Revelation, Thyatira is the church that had a false prophetess (Revelation 2:20).
RP56922. Bronze AE 17, RPC I 2381; BMC Lydia p. 302, 58; SNG Cop 595; SNGvA 3216, VF, scratches in obverse right field, weight 3.368 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 0o, Thyatira (Akhisar, Turkey) mint, as caesar, c. 51 - 54 A.D.; obverse NEPΩN KΛAY∆I KAICAP ΓEP, bare-headed, draped bust of young Nero right; reverse ΘYAT−EIΠH/NΩ−N, labrys (double-axe); SOLD


Domitia, Wife of Domitian, who reigned 81 - 96 A.D., Thyatira, Lydia

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Domitia married Domitian in 70 A.D. She died in the reign of Trajan or Antoninus Pius.
RP58865. Bronze AE 17, RPC II 944, VF, weight 2.936 g, maximum diameter 16.5 mm, die axis 180o, Thyatira (Akhisar, Turkey) mint, obverse ∆OMITIA CEBACTH, draped bust of Domitia right; reverse ΘYATEIPHNΩN, lyre; SOLD


Thyatira, Lydia, Early 3rd Century A.D.

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Victory or Nike is seen with wings in most statues and paintings, with one of the most famous being the Winged Victory of Samothrace. Most other winged deities in the Greek pantheon had shed their wings by Classical times. Nike is the goddess of strength, speed, and victory. Nike was a very close acquaintance of Athena and is thought to have stood in Athena's outstretched hand in the statue of Athena located in the Parthenon. Victory or Nike is also one of the most commonly portrayed figures on Greek and Roman coins.
RP82309. Bronze AE 17, unpublished; cf. BMC Lydia p. 299, 46 (Nike left), VF, weight 2.885 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 0o, Thyatira (Akhisar, Turkey) mint, early 3rd century A.D.; obverse bust of Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy; reverse ΘYATE−IPHNΩN, Nike advancing right, raising wreath in right hand, palm frond over shoulder in left; extremely rare; SOLD


Thyatira, Lydia, Pseudo-Autonomous Coinage, Early 3rd Century A.D.

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Homonoia was the goddess (or spirit or personification) of harmony, concord, unanimity, and oneness of mind. She is usually depicted either seated or standing with a cornucopia.
GB83041. Bronze AE 18, SNG Cop 593, BMC Lydia p. 301, 56, Choice gVF, weight 2.721 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 180o, Thyatira (Akhisar, Turkey) mint, obverse ΘYATEIPA, turreted and draped bust of city-goddess right; reverse ΘYATEIPHNΩN, Homonoia standing left, phiale in right, cornucopia in left; SOLD


Poppaea Sabina, Wife of Nero, Augusta 63 - 65 A.D., Thyatira, Lydia

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Poppaea was renowned for her beauty and voluptuous extravagance. In 62 A.D., Nero divorced his wife Octavia to marry Poppaea. According to Tacitus, Poppaea married Otho only to get close to Nero and then, in turn, became Nero's favorite mistress, and then wife. She bore Nero one daughter, Claudia Augusta, born 21 January 63, who died at only four months of age. At the birth of Claudia, Nero honored mother and child with the title of Augusta. According to Suetonius, one day in the summer of 65, Poppaea quarreled fiercely with Nero over his spending too much time at the races. She was pregnant with her second child. In a fit of rage, Nero kicked her in the abdomen, killing her.
RP42834. Bronze AE 17, Mionnet Supp. VII 594 corr. (listed as Statilia Messalina, citing Sestini Lett. Num. IV, p. 123), cf. RPC I 2382 (Nero obverse), F, weight 3.263 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 0o, Thyatira (Akhisar, Turkey) mint, 63 - 65 A.D.; obverse [...], bust of Poppaea right; reverse [ΘYATEIΠHNΩN], labrys; extremely rare; SOLD




  




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