Coins from Pontus
Pontus is a historical Greek designation for a region on the southern coast of the Black Sea, located in modern-day Turkey. The extent of the region varied through the ages, but generally extended from the borders of Colchis (modern Georgia) until well into Paphlagonia in the west.

The Kingdom of Pontus was founded in 281 BC by the Mithridatic dynasty from Persia, and lasted until its conquest by the Roman Republic in 64 BC.

Pontus is sometimes considered as the home of the Amazons, with the name Amazon used not only for a city (Amasya) but for all of Pontus in Greek mythology.

(1) Amisos
An AE unit struck 85-65 BC in Amisos
Obverse: Aegis with Gorgoneian at center

Reverse: AMI-ΣOΣ, Nike advancing right, holding palm; monograms flanking

Diameter: 21.2 mm
Die Orientation: 12 H
Weight: 6.88 g

Ex Elwood Rafn collection, Ex-Agora Auctions lot 43-018

Rec Gen 44; SNG BM 1191
(2) Amisos
An AR Siglos struck c. 400-360 BC in Amisos
Obverse: turreted head of Hera-Tyche left wearing stephanos ornamented with palmettes and annulets, triple-drop earrings and pearl necklace

Reverse: owl standing facing on shield, grain ear left; AΦ_PO/ ΠEIPA

Diameter: 18 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 5.7 g
Aphro... magistrate
SNG BM Black Sea 1059, SNG Stancomb 660, SNG Cop 122, Rec Gén 27, McClean 7351, HGC 7 229
(3) Amisos
An AE unit struck 85-65 BC in Amisos
Obverse: Aegis facing

Reverse: Nike advancing right, holding palm over shoulder; AMI_ΣOY / (ΠΩΔ) _ (AVTE)

Diameter: 19.5 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 6.9 g
times of Mithradates VI Eupator
RecGen 44; SNG BM Black Sea 1177-1179; cf. SNG Cop 170.
An AR Drachm struck 138 AD in Amisos
Obverse: bare draped bust right seen from behind; AVTO T·AIΛIOC·KAICAP·ANTWNEINOC·

Reverse: Tyche standing half left, holding rudder and cornucopia; AMICOV EΛEVΘE_PAC ETOVC PΞΘ

Diameter: 17 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 2.6 g
struck by Hadrian 25 Feb - 11 Jul 138 AD
RPC Online 1296. R.G. 109
(5) Chabakta
An AE unit struck c. 100-85 BC in Chabakta
Obverse: head of Perseus right wearing Phrygian helmet

Reverse: drinking pegasos left; XABAKTΩN / (AΦP) / ?

Diameter: 23 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 12.3 g
times of Mithradates VI Eupator
SNG Stancomb 714; SNG Cop 204; SNG BM 1258; Rec Gen p. 77, 1
An AE unit struck 241-242 AD in Neocaesarea
Obverse: laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right from behind; AV K M ANT ΓOPΔIANOC CEB

Reverse: Agnostic table with Agnostic crown on top, palm below; KOI ΠONT (MH)__NEOKAICAPI / A / ET PON

Diameter: 27 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 14.6 g
No notes for this coin
Çizmeli 356; RPC 57 b; SNG Paris 1756.
An AE Uncertain struck 161-169 AD in Amaseia
Obverse: Obverse inscription: ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙϹ Λ ΑΥΡ οΥΗΡοϹ ϹƐΒ Obverse design: Laureate-headed bust of Lucius Verus wearing cuirass and paludamentum, facing right

Reverse: Reverse inscription ΑΔΡ ΑΜΑϹ ΝƐΩΚ Κ ΜΗΤ Κ ΠΡΩ ΠοΝΤ ƐΤ (?) Reverse design: Emperors (Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus) standing, facing each other, clasping hands, each wearing toga and holding scroll

Diameter: 34 mm
Die Orientation: 12 H
Weight: 21.34 g
Seller believed the date at the bottom was PXE but I don't see it, too worn.
cf. RPC Online IV.3 5292
An AE unit struck 85-65 BC in Amisos
Obverse: Head of Mithradates VI as Dionysos wreathed with ivy right

Reverse: AMIΣΟΥ / ethnic below cista mystica draped with panther skin and thyrsos; monogram to left

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 8 g
No notes for this coin
Malloy 26c
(9) Pontus
An AE unit struck 130-100 BC in Pontus
Obverse: head of horse right, star with 8 rays

Reverse: comet (or star with grain ear) 7 rays and tail

Diameter: 10 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 1.3 g
No notes for this coin
BM Black Sea 984; SNG Stancomb 653 corr.; HGC 7, 317.