Seleukeia on the Bay of Issos

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Bronze coin References

For basic information about the city of Seleukeia on the Bay of Issos and its Hellenistic coinage, see:

Historical and Numismatic Information / Seleukid Syrian Cities and Their Early Coins / Seleukeia on the Bay of Issos

 

 



Identification Number MSI-AE-01

Authority: autonomous municipal issue
Mint: Seleukeia on the Bay of Issos1
Period: 2nd half of the 2nd century - 1st century BC
Denomination: AE Double Unit
Detail
Weight: 5.57 g
Diameter: 19 mm
Obverse: Laureate head of Zeus r.; dotted border
Reverse: ‘ΣΕΛΕΥΚΕΩΝ ΤΩΝ ΠΡΟΣ ΤΟ’ r., ‘ΙΣΣΙΚΩ ΚΟΛΠΩΙ’ l. (“of the Seleukeians on the Bay of Issos”). Thyrsos bound with tainia.2 Laurel wreath border.
Die axis: c. -45º
References: Franke, Aufgaben und Möglichkeiten der Antiken Numismatik zur Erforschung des Antiken Kleinasien, p. 183 and Plate XIV, 5
Note: For further information, see the section ‘Historical and Numismatic Information / Major Cities of Seleukid Syria / Seleukeia on the Bay of Issos’.

 

 


1 The Gulf of Issus, now named the Gulf of Iskenderun, forms the easternmost embayment of the Mediterranean Sea at the southern coast of Turkey near its border with Syria.


2 Thyrsos is one of the most common emblems of Dionysos and his followers. It was a staff topped with a pine cone. Tainia was a ribbon worn as the headband at Greek festivals and also used for decoration of cult images, trees, animal sacrifices and so on.


References:

Franke, Peter Robert: Aufgaben und Möglichkeiten der Antiken Numismatik zur Erforschung des Antiken Kleinasien. In Gerhard Dobesch - Georg Rehrenböck (eds.), Die epigraphische und altertumskundliche Erforschung Kleinasiens: Hundert Jahre Kleinasiatische Kommission der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (acts of the symposium, 23-25 October 1990), pp. 177-188. Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna, 1993.