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Ancient Coins of Nacrasa, Lydia

The site of Nakrasa has been identified on a hill overseeing the Bakirchay Valley about two miles southeast of Kirkagach, Turkey. Nakrasa was a Seleukid stronghold garrisoned by a Macedonian guard. It was an important fortress for the Kingdom of Pergamon securing an important road. It appears the city first struck coinage under Domitian and its last coins were struck under Marcus Aurelius. The coins chiefly refer to the cults of Artemis Ephesia, Kybele, and Asklepios.


Nacrasa, Lydia, c. 138 - 161 A.D.

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The Greeks and Romans did not view snakes as evil creatures but rather as symbols and tools for healing and fertility. Asclepius, the son of Apollo and Koronis, learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one snake bringing another snake healing herbs. Woman seeking fertility, the sick, and the injured slept in his temples in chambers where non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor and provide healing.
RP84510. Bronze AE 16, RPC III 1812; SNG Cop 295; BMC Lydia p. 166, 7; SNG München 335; SNGvA 3033 var. (magistrate); Imhoof-Blumer Lydien -, aVF/F, well centered, green patina, light corrosion, weight 2.749 g, maximum diameter 15.9 mm, die axis 0o, Nakrasa (near Kirkagach, Turkey) mint, Marcus Junianus strategos, c. 98 - 150 A.D.; obverse EΠI CTPA MAP IOVNIANOV, bearded head of Herakles right; reverse NAKPACITΩN, snake coiled around omphalos, head left; from the Dr. Sam Mansourati Collection; rare; $60.00 (€51.00)
 


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Nakrasa, Lydia

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Anaitis was the name of a Persian goddess who was equated with Artemis and particularly worshiped in Lydia.
RP82027. Bronze AE 20, SNG Keckman II 365 (same dies), RPC III 1798 (1 spec.), BMC Lydia -, Lindgren -, SNGvA -, SNG Cop -, SNG München -, SNG Tüb -, aVF, well centered, cleaning scratches, weight 4.585 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 0o, Nakrasa (near Kirkagach, Turkey) mint, obverse AY NEP TPAIANOC, laureate head right; reverse NAKPACITΩN, facing cultus-statue of Artemis Anaitis within tetrastyle temple, shield on pediment; extremely rare; SOLD


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Nakrasa, Lydia

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When the Romans entered the capital Sardis in 133 B.C., Lydia, as the other western parts of the Attalid legacy, became part of the province of Asia, a very rich Roman province, worthy of a governor with the high rank of proconsul. The whole west of Asia Minor had Jewish colonies very early, and Christianity was also soon present there. Acts of the Apostles 16:14-15 mentions the baptism of a merchant woman called "Lydia" from Thyatira, known as Lydia of Thyatira. Christianity spread rapidly during the 3rd century A.D., based on the nearby Exarchate of Ephesus.
SH58872. Bronze AE 20, RPC III 1799 (18 spec.); SNG Cop 298; SNGvA 3035; SNG München 343; SNG Leypold 1097; BMC Lydia p. 167, 16; Weber 6859; Lindgren III 492, VF, weight 3.651 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 0o, Nakrasa (near Kirkagach, Turkey) mint, 25 Jan 98 - 8/9 Aug 117 A.D.; obverse AY NEP TPAIANON CE ΓEP, laureate head right; reverse NAKRACITΩN, cult statue of Artemis facing within tetrastyle temple, bow in right hand, drawing arrow from quiver with left hand; very rare; SOLD







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