Coins from Phrygia
Phrygia lies in western central Anatolia (Asia Minor) between Bithynia, Mysia, Lydia, Pisidia, and Galatia. The cities were found in the valleys and high plains between the many high mountains of the land. The native Phrygians fell under Lydian, then Persian, then Macedonian rule. Greek and Macedonian settlers were planted in Phrygia by the Seleucids and Attalids in a mutual rivalry, but northern Phrygia was overrun by Celts (eventually it would become Galatia). After the defeat of Antiochus at Magnesia, Phrygia was assigned to the kingdom of Pergamum in 188 B.C., after which it became intensely Hellenized and first struck coins. Rome took control, along with the rest of the Pergamene kingdom, in 133 B.C.

This category covers the cities of Apameia, Hierapolis, Laodicea ad Lycus and more.


(1) Antoninus Pius 138-161 AD
Obverse: Laureate head right; AV KAI TI AI AΔP__ANTΩNEINOC
Reverse: Wreath; (ΠΟ) / ΑΙΛΙΟС / ΔΙΟΝVСΙΟС / ΛΑΟΔΙ / ΚЄΩΝ
Ref: RPC IV online 2084; BMC 202-3.
(2) Apameia 133-48 BC
AE unit Apameia
Obverse: Turreted head of Artemis-Tyche right
Reverse: Marsyas, walking right, on meander pattern, playing flute, AΠAME & ΚΗΦΤΙΣ (Magistrate)
Ref: Sear 5122
(3) Apameia 133-48 BC
Obverse: laureate head of Zeus right
Reverse: Artemis Anatis facing AΠAME / HPAKΛEI / EΓΛO
Ref: BMC Phrygia 69; SNG Cop 183; SGCV I...
(4) Apameia 88-40 BC
AE unit Apameia
Obverse: Turreted bust of Artemis–Tyche right, bow and quiver over shoulder
Reverse: Marsyas advancing right, playing aulos; maeander pattern below
Ref: HGC 7, 674; BMC 62.
(5) Gaius Caesar c. 5 BC
Obverse: ΓΑΙΟΣ ΚΑΙΣΑΡ Bare head right.
Reverse: ΛΑΟΔΙΚΕΩΝ Eagle with spread wings between two monograms.
Ref: RPC I 2900.
(6) Laodicea ad Lycum 13-37 AD
Obverse: bust of Men on crescent right wearing laureate Phrygian cap; ΛΑΟ_ΔΙΚΕΩΝ
Reverse: eagle standing right, head left; (KOP) ΔΙΟΣΚOΥΡΙΔΗΣ
Ref: RPC I 2907; SNG Copenhagen 513