Coins from Caria
Caria was a region of western Anatolia extending along the coast from mid-Ionia (Mycale) south to Lycia and east to Phrygia. The Ionian and Dorian Greeks colonized the west of it and joined the Carian population in forming Greek-dominated states there.

This category also traditionally includes the Carian Islands, of which Rhodos is the largest and most important.

Rhodes was an important slave-trading center, and known for The Colossus of Rhodes - a huge statue of Helios measuring 32 meters built in 280 B.C. but destroyed by an earthquake later in that century. It has inspired many later sculptures including the Statue of Liberty.


(1) Alexander III 169-168 BC
Obverse: Head of young Heracles in lionskin right
Reverse: Zeus seated left, leaning on scepter, holding eagle, Pegasos left; AΛEΞANΔPOY, E
Ref: Price 2464
(2) Alexander III 325-323 BC
Obverse: Head of Herakles to right, wearing lion skin headdress
Reverse: Zeus enthroned left, holding eagle and sceptre, monogram on left / AΛEΞANΔPOY
Ref: Price 2121, Müller 847
(3) Caria | Mylasa? 420-390 BC
Obverse: forepart of lion right
Reverse: pigeon left, pellet above and below
Ref: SNG Kayhan 947
(4) Halikarnassos c. 400-340 BC
Obverse: head of ram right
Reverse: head of young male right, ?
Ref: SNG Helsinki 873; SNG Kayhan 996, S...
(5) Hekatomnos 392-377 BC
Obverse: Head of roaring lion left
Reverse: Facing head of lion with forelegs at sides
Ref: Konuk, Coin M7 var; Troxell, Carian...
(6) Kaunos 450-430 BC
Obverse: Iris? running left holding kerykeion and wreath
Reverse: Baetyl, granulated patterns resembling birds on either side
Ref: Dewing 2359 (same dies); Konuk, "Th...
(7) Kaunos 390-370 BC
AE unit Kaunos
Obverse: head of Apollo facing
Reverse: sphinx standing left; (upside down) Δ _ Γ
Ref: Klein 526; H. Troxell, Winged Caria...
(8) Mygissos 350-300 BC
Obverse: laureate head of Poseidon right
Reverse: dolphin right, trident below; MY
Ref: SNG Kayhan 857 (Myous); SNG Cop. 10...
(9) Mylasa c. 210-30 BC
AE unit Mylasa
Obverse: labrys
Reverse: wide ornamented trident; MYΛA / ΣEΩN
Ref: Akarca 26; SNG Cop 424; BMC Caria p...
(10) Rhodos 229-205 BC
Obverse: Laureate head of Zeus right
Reverse: P - O, Rose with bud to right. Control: TE to left
Ref: Ashton 234; HGC 6, 1469.
(11) Rhodos 88-85 BC
Obverse: Radiate head of Helios right.
Reverse: Rose with bud to right. Control: Isis headdress to right; all within incuse square
Ref: Jenkins 246; HGC 6, 1461
(12) Rhodos 170-150 BC
Obverse: Radiate head of Helios facing slightly right
Reverse: APTEMΩN / P-O, rose with bud to right, hook to left; all within incuse square.
Ref: Jenkins 50; SNG Helsinki 658. VF
(13) Rhodos 188-170 BC
Obverse: radiate head of Helios right
Reverse: rose with bud to right, pileus left all within incuse square; ΣTAΣIΩN / P_O
Ref: Jenkins, Rhodian, Group A, 13; cf. ...
(14) Rhodos c. 316-304 BC
Obverse: Helios head facing slightly right
Reverse: rose, grape cluster left, bud to the right; POΔION / E
Ref: Ashton, Colossus Series 1b. SNG Kec...
(15) Rhodos 338-304 BC
AE unit Rhodos
Obverse: Head of nymph Rhodos right
Reverse: P - O / Σ. Rose with bud right.
Ref: BMC 108 ff. var. (letter).
(16) Rhodos 180-84 BC
AE unit Rhodos
Obverse: Radiate head of Helios right
Reverse: P-O, rose; all within incuse square
Ref: SNG Copenhagen 860; SNG Keckman 702...
(17) Stratonikeia (Caria) 168-27 BC
Obverse: laureate head of Zeus right
Reverse: eagle; P_A / C_T
Ref: BMC 13 var. SNG Cop. 486 var.
(18) Tabae 100-1 BC
Obverse: head of Zeus right
Reverse: Artemis standing right, quiver on shoulder, holding torch and arrow; APTEMΩΝ ΠΑΠΙΟΥ__AP TABHNΩΝ
Ref: BMC Greek (Caria, Cos, Rhodes) 19.p...