Laodicea ad Mare - A settlement in Syria
Laodicea ad Mare was a port city and an important colonia of the Roman empire in ancient Syria. For a short period of time under Septimius Severus, it became the capital of Roman Syria, and subsequently, it became the capital of the Eastern Roman province of Theodorias from 528 AD until 637 AD.

The city enjoyed a huge economic prosperity thanks to the wine produced in the hills around the port and exported to all the empire. The city was famous because of the textile products. Laodicea minted coins from an early Roman date, but the most famous are from Severan times. Under Septimius Severus the city was fortified and was made for a few years the capital of Roman Syria: in this period Laodicea grew to be a city of nearly 40000 inhabitants and had even an hippodrome.

Modern location: Latakia, Syria

(1) Caracalla 215-217 AD
Obverse: laureate head right; AVT·K·M·A· ·ANTΩNEINOC_·CEB·
Reverse: eagle facing, head left, wreath in beak, star below; ΔHMAPX · EΞ·VΠATOC·TO'Δ'
Ref: Prieur 1179
(2) Caracalla 199 AD
Obverse: laureate, draped bust right from behind; IMP CAE M AVR ANT AVG P TR P__II
Reverse: Spes advancing left, holding flower and raising skirt; SPES PV_BLICA
Ref: RIC IV 341, RSC III 600
(3) Trajan 115-116 AD
Obverse: laureate bust right, draped shoulder; ΑΥΤΟΚΡ ΝΕΡ ΤΡΑΙΑΝΟC ΑΡΙCΤ ΚΑΙC CΕΒ ΓΕΡ ΔΑΚ
Reverse: veiled and turreted head of Tyche; ΙΟΥΛIEWN TWN KΑI__ΛΑΟΔΙΚΕWΝ ΓΞΡ / M / KO
Ref: BMC 48-50; SNG Copenhagen 348