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) Augustus c. 15 BC
Obverse: laureate head right, lituus right; ΣEBAΣTOΣ
Reverse: Zeus Laodicea standing left with eagle and staff; ZEVΞIΣ / ΦIΛAΛHΘHΣ / ΛAOΔIKEΩN
Ref: RPC 2894; SNG Cop. 555.
(6) Augustus c. 15 BC
Obverse: bare bust right seen from behind; ΣEBAΣTOΣ
Reverse: serpent-entwined staff; ZEVΞIΣ / ΦIΛAΛHΘHΣ / ΛAOΔIKEΩN
Ref: RPC I, 477, 2895. SNG von Aulock 38...
(7) Augustus ca. 15 BC
Obverse: ΣEBAΣTOΣ, Head of Augustus facing right, wearing laurel wreath, lituus at right (off of flan)
Reverse: ZEYΞIΣ ΦIΛAΛHΘHΣ ΛAOΔIKEΩN, Zeus Laodiceus standing facing left, holding eagle and scepter
Ref: RPC I 2894
(8) Caracalla 211-217 AD
Obverse: laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right from behind; AVT·KAI M·AYP'AN·_TΩNEINOC·CEB
Reverse: Agnostic table with prize urn and palm on top; knives at sides; kantharos under table; EΠI Λ AIΛ ΠI_ΓPHTOC ACIAP / ΛAOΔIKEΩN / NEΩKOPΩN
Ref: unlisted
(9) Caracalla 211-217 AD
AE unit Midaion
Obverse: laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right from behind; ANTΩNEINOC__AVΓOVCTOC
Reverse: Athena standing left wearing helmet, holding patera and scepter; MIΔA_EΩN
Ref: Von Aulock, Phrygien II, S. 105, Nr...
(10) Hierapolis 211-249 AD
Obverse: draped bust of Roman Senate right; countermark; IEPA CV_NKΛHTOC
Reverse: Hades abduces Persephone in quadriga right; IEPA_Π_O_Λ_ITΩN / NEΩKO / PON
Ref: BMC 86-7; SNG Cop. - , SNG v.Aul. 3...
(11) Julia Domna 194-217 AD
Obverse: draped bust right; IOYΛIA ΔO_MNA CEBA_CT
Reverse: Dionysos standing left, holding patera over altar and thyrsos; ΦIΛOMHΛEΩN ·KΛ·TΡAIA·
Ref: SNG von Aulock 3923
(12) 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
(13) Marcus Antonius 41-40 BC
Obverse: Bust of Fulvia (as Victory) right.
Reverse: Minerva standing left, holding shield and spear; [ΦOYΛOYIANON] in right field, [Z]MEPTOPIΓOΣ / [Φ]IΛΩNIΔOΥ] in two lines in left field.
Ref: RPC I 3139
(14) Nero 54-55 AD
AE unit Eumeneia
Obverse: draped bust right; NEΡΩN__ΣEBAΣTOΣ
Reverse: Apollo standing half left, holding raven and labrys; EΥMENEΩN / IOΥΛIOΣ / KΛ_EΩN / AΡXIEΡEΥΣ AΣIAΣ
Ref: RPC I 3149
(15) Nero c. 65 AD
AE unit Acmoneia
Obverse: laureate bust right wearing aegis, crescent above, winged caduceus below; countermark: Asklepios standing right, holding serpent-encircled staff; NEPWNA CEBACTON AKMONEIC
Reverse: Zeus seated left, holding phiale and long scepter, owl below; CEPOYHNIOY KAΠITΩNOC KAI IOYΛIAC CEOYHPAC EPI AΠX TO Γ
Ref: BMC Phrygia 43, SNG Cop 29, RPC I 3...
(16) Severus Alexander 222-235 AD
AE unit Cotiaeum
Obverse: laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right from behind; Μ ΑΥΡ СE ΑΛ_EΞΑΝΔΡΟС
Reverse: clasped hands; KOTI_AEΩN
Ref: BMC 66; Volume VI 5742