Bostra — A settlement in Petraea
Bostra is first mentioned in the documents of Thutmose III and Akhenaten (14th century BC). It was the first Nabatean city in the 2nd century BC, and became a Roman city when the Nabatean Kingdom was conquered by Cornelius Palma, a general of Trajan, in 106 AD.

Under the Roman Empire, the city was renamed Nova Trajana Bostra and was the residence of the Legio III Cyrenaica. It was made capital of the Roman province of Arabia Petraea. It flourished and became a major metropolis at the juncture of several trade routes.

It became an important center for food production and during the reign of Emperor Philip I the Arab, and began to mint its own coins.

Modern location: Busra al-Sham, Syria
An AE unit struck 138-161 AD in Bostra
Obverse: laureate head right; ANTωN ϹEΒ

Reverse: camel right; BOCT

Diameter: 17.5 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 5.2 g
No notes for this coin
RPC IV Online 6696 (temporary); Kindler, Bostra 5; Spijkerman 9; CNG e255, 268.
An AE unit struck 245-246 AD in Bostra
Obverse: radiate bust right from behind; MARC IVL PHILIPPOS CESAR


Diameter: 28 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 14.7 g
No notes for this coin
Sofaer 54; Kindler 46a; Spijkerman 60; Rosenberger 52
(3) Trajan
An AR Drachm struck 112 AD in Bostra
Obverse: laureate bust right, draped shoulder; AYTOKP KAIC NEP TPAIAN CEB ΓEPM ΔAK

Reverse: Arabia facing, holding branch and cinnamon sticks, camel halfleft; ∆HMAPX__EΞ IϚ YΠAT Ϛ

Diameter: 18 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 3.4 g
No notes for this coin
RIC II 142, Woytek 285b, RSC II 89, BMCRE III 297, SRCV II -
(4) Trajan
An AR Drachm struck AD 114-116 in Bostra
Obverse: AYTOKP KAIC [NЄP TP]AINѠ APICTѠ CЄB ΓЄPM ΔAK, laureate and cuirassed bust left, with paludamentum, seen from behind

Reverse: ΔHMAPX ЄΞ YΠATO ς, camel walking left

Diameter: 19 mm
Die Orientation: 6 H
Weight: 2.78 g
No notes for this coin
RPC III 4080; SNG ANS 1158; Sydenham 205