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Ancient Greek Coins of Side, Pamphylia

Side was founded by Greeks from Cyme, Aeolis, most likely in the 7th century B.C. The settlers started using the local language and over time forgot their native Greek. Excavations have revealed inscriptions written in this language, still undeciphered, dating from as late as the 2nd century B.C. The name Side is from this indigenous Anatolian language and means pomegranate.


Side, Pamphylia, 2nd - 1st Century B.C.

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Side was founded by Greeks from Cyme, Aeolis, most likely in the 7th century B.C. The settlers started using the local language and over time forgot their native Greek. Excavations have revealed inscriptions written in this language, still undeciphered, dating from as late as the 2nd century B.C. The name Side is from this indigenous Anatolian language and means pomegranate.
GB90296. Bronze AE 18, BMC Lycia p. 151, 70 (with same Helios countermark); SNG Cop 411 (same); SNG BnF 750 ff.; SNG PfPs 501; Lindgren -, VF, unusually broad flan with full legends, nice green patina, reverse flattened by countermarking, weight 2.667 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 0o, Side (Antalya Province, Turkey) mint, 2nd - 1st century B.C.; obverse head of Athena right, in crested Corinthian helmet; countermarks: facing head of Helios, helmeted head of Athena right, ΣI∆HTΩN horizontal above; reverse Nike advancing left, holding wreath; wearing long chiton, peplos around waist and left arm, pomegranate in left field, ΣI∆H−TΩN horizontal above divided by Nike's head; ex Frascatius Ancient Coins; $45.00 (€38.25)
 


Side, Pamphylia, c. 155 - 36 B.C.

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In the 12th century A.D., Side temporarily established itself once more as a large city. An inscription found on the site of the former ancient city shows a considerable Jewish population in early Byzantine times. However, Side was abandoned again after being sacked. Its population moved to Antalya, and Side became known as Eski Adalia ("Old Antalya") and was buried.
SH21612. Silver tetradrachm, Arslan-Lightfoot 554 - 572 (same obverse die), SNG Cop 400, SNGvA 4797, SNG BnF 695, gVF, golden toning, weight 16.480 g, maximum diameter 27.9 mm, die axis 0o, Side (Antalya Province, Turkey) mint, obverse head of Athena right in a crested Corinthian helmet; reverse Nike advancing left, extending wreath in right hand, pomegranate left, KΛE-YX (magistrate's name) below; fantastic Nike!; SOLD


Side, Pamphylia, c. 155 - 36 B.C.

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In the 4th century A.D., even Side's defensive walls could not stop successive invasions of highlanders from the Taurus Mountains. During the 5th and 6th centuries, Side experienced a revival, and became the seat of the Bishopric of Eastern Pamphylia. Arab fleets, nevertheless, raided and burned Side during the 7th century, contributing to its decline. The combination of earthquakes, Christian zealots and Arab raids, left the site abandoned by the 10th century, its citizens having emigrated to nearby Antalya.
SH29564. Silver tetradrachm, SNG Cop 400, SNGvA 4797, SNG BnF 695, aEF, weight 16.056 g, maximum diameter 29.5 mm, die axis 0o, Side (Antalya Province, Turkey) mint, obverse head of Athena right in a crested Corinthian helmet; reverse Nike advancing left, extending wreath in right hand, pomegranate left, KΛE-YX (magistrate's name) below; nice style for the late issue!; SOLD







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