Sidon — A settlement in Phoenicia
Sidon was one of the most important Phoenician cities, and it may have been the oldest. From there and other ports a great Mediterranean commercial empire was founded. Homer praised the skill of its craftsmen in producing glass, purple dyes, and its women's skill at the art of embroidery. It was also from here that a colonizing party went to found the city of Tyre.

When Sidon fell under Roman domination, it continued to mint its own silver coins. The Romans also built a theater and other major monuments in the city. In the reign of Elagabalus a Roman colony was established there, and was given the name of Colonia Aurelia Pia Sidon.

During the Byzantine period, when the great earthquake of AD 551 destroyed most of the cities of Phoenice, Beirut's School of Law took refuge in Sidon. The town continued quietly for the next century, until it was conquered by the Arabs in AD 636.

Modern location: Sidon, Lebanon
(1) Ba'Alshillem II
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An AR 1/16 Shekel struck c. 371-370 BC in Sidon
Obverse: galley left, waves below; Beth

Reverse: king of Persia standing right slaying erect lion with dagger; O ('ayin)

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Elayi 2004 851 ff.; HGC 10 240; Betlyon 27 (Abd'astart, Straton I); BMC Phoenicia p 146, 36 (same); SNG Cop 197 ff. (same)
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An AR Tetradrachm struck 215-217 AD in Sidon
Obverse: Laureate draped and cuirassed bust right from behind; AVT KAI AN_TWNINOC CE

Reverse: Eagle facing, head left, wreath in beak, Europa on bull below; ΔHMAPX__EΞ VΠATOC Δ

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Prieur 1357
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An AR Tetradrachm struck 215-217 AD in Sidon
Obverse: laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right from behind; AVT KAI AN_TWNINOC CE

Reverse: eagle facing, head left, wreath in beak, carrige of Astarte below; ΔHMAPX__EΞ VΠATOC Δ

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Prieur 1362
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An AR Tetradrachm struck 142/1 BC in Sidon
Obverse: Diademed and draped bust right

Reverse: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY, eagle standing left, palm branch under far wing; AOP (date) in left field above monogram, mintmark ΣIΔΩ above aphlaston in right field, control mark between legs

Diameter: 25 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 13.44 g
No notes for this coin
SC 1954.5
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An AE unit struck 218-222 AD in Sidon
Obverse: laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right from behind; IMP CES M A_V ANTONINVS

Reverse: Europa on bull right seated advancing; A_P SID COL / METRO

Diameter: 26 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 11.9 g
No notes for this coin
BMC 229.