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Ancient Coinage of Aeolis, Myrina


Myrina, a small town on the coast of Aeolian Asia Minor, was known in ancient times primarily for its proximity to the Apollonian temple at Gryneium and - according to Pliny - its tasty oysters.

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CITY AND SEMI-AUTONOMOUS COINAGE
BMC 4cfAeolis, Myrina AR Drachm. ca 155–145 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right / MYPINAIWN, Apollo standing right, amphora at feet, all in wreath. TAY monogram in left field. Weber 5566 (same dies). TextImage
BMC 11Aeolis, Myrina AR Tetradrachm. ca 155–145 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right / MYΡINAIΩN, Apollo standing right, holding be-ribboned branch, amphora at feet, all in wreath. KA monogram in left field. BMC 11. TextImage
BMC 13Myrene, Aeolis, AR Tetradrachm. ca 155–145 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right, hair in formal curls / MYΡINAIΩN, Apollo of Grynium standing right, holding filleted branch and patera, omphalos and amphora on ground before his feet, ΠY monogram in left field, all within laurel wreath border. BMC Series II, 13; cf Sear 4216.TextImage
BMC 26Myrina, Aeolis. AE15. 2nd-1st Century BC. 3.62 gr. Head of Athena right, wearing Corinthian helmet decorated with griffin / M-Y, Amphora. BMC 26.TextImage
BMC 39Myrina, Aeolis, AE. 2nd c. BC. pseudo-autonomous. 1,82g. Telesphoros standing facing in hooded cloak / MYΡEINAIΩN, Kithara (lyre) with four strings, two dots below. BMC 39.TextImage
BMC 41Myrina, Aeolis, AE17, Semi-autonomous, mid-3rd Century AD. MYΡE-INA, Turreted draped bust of Myrina left / MYΡEI-NAIΩN, Tyche standing left, holding rudder and cornucopiae. BMC 41, SNG Copenhagen 239, SNG Muenchen 590.TextImage
NYS XVII, 77Myrina, Aeolis, AR Diobol. 1.09 gr. 420-380 BC. Head of female left, hair in a sakkos / MYΡI-NAΩN, Stag grazing left in incuse square. New York Sale, auction XVII, lot 77.TextImage
SG 4216vMyrina, Aiolis, AR tetradrachm, 2nd century BC. Laureate head of Apollo right / MYΡINAIΩN, Apollo standing right, amphora at feet, all within laurel wreath. TextImage
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Sacks 13cfAeolis, Myrina AR Tetradrachm. ca 155-150 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right, hair in three tight spiral curls / MYΡINAIΩN, Apollo of Grynium standing right, holding phiale in right hand & filleted branch in left, omphalos & amphora at feet, ΠAE monogram in outer left field, all within laurel wreath. TextImage
Sacks 14Aeolis, Myrina AR Tetradrachm. ca 155-150 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right, hair on neck in tight spiral curls / MYΡINAIΩN, Apollo of Grynium standing right, holding phiale & filleted branch, omphalos & amphora before his feet, ΠAΩ monogram in outer left field, all within laurel wreath border. TextImage
Sacks 17Aeolis, Myrina AR Tetradrachm. ca 155-150 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right, hair in two tight spiral curls / MYΡINAIΩN, Apollo of Grynium standing right, holding phiale in right hand & filleted branch in left, omphalos & amphora before feet, EK monogram in outer left field, all within laurel wreath. TextImage
Sacks 19eAeolis, Myrina AR Tetradrachm. ca 155–145 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right, hair in three loose braids / MYΡINAIΩN, Apollo of Grynium standing right, holding filleted patera and filleted branch, omphalos & amphora on ground before his feet, ΠA monogram in left field, laurel wreath border. TextImage
Sacks 23Myrina, Aeolis, AR Tetradrachm. Civic type ca. 160–145 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right, hair in three loose braids / MYΡINAIΩN, Apollo standing right, holding patera and filleted branch; omphalos and amphora at feet, ΔTI monogram to left, all within laurel wreath. Sacks 23; Sear Greek 4216; BMC 8.TextImage
Sacks 24Aeolis, Myrina AR Tetradrachm. After 165 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right, three loose braids, hair in three loose braids / Apollo Grynios holding patera and filleted branch, omphalos and amphora at foot right; ΔYI monogram to left. TextImage
Sacks 25Aeolis, Myrina AR Tetradrachm. After 165 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right, hair in three loose braids / Apollo Grynios standing right holding patera and filleted branch; omphalos and amphora at foot right, ΔYΡ monogram behind; all within laurel wreath. TextImage
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Sacks 27Aeolis, Myrina AR Tetradrachm. ca 150-140 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right, hair in three loose braids / MYΡINAIΩN, Apollo of Grynium standing right, holding phiale in right hand & filleted branch in left, omphalos & amphora before feet, AYT monogram in outer left field, all within laurel wreath. Jameson 1461. TextImage
Sacks 30Aeolis, Myrina AR Tetradrachm. ca 150-140 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right, hair in three loose braids / MYΡINAIΩN, Apollo of Grynium standing right, holding phiale in right hand & filleted branch in left, omphalos & amphora before feet, three monograms in outer left field (MEΠ above ΔYE above MΘ), all within laurel wreath. Text
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Sacks 39Aeolis, Myrina AR Tetradrachm. After 165 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right, hair in three loose curls / MYΡINAIΩN, Apollo Grynios holding patera and filleted branch, omphalos and amphora at foot right; ΠY monogram to left. Sacks Issue 39; BMC 13; Paris 353. TextImage
Sacks 43Myrina. After 165 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Laureate head of Apollo right, hair in two loose curls / MYΡINAIΩN, Apollo Grynios holding patera and filleted branch, omphalos and amphora at foot right; ΔYE and HΘ monograms in left field. TextImage
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Sacks 98cfAeolis, Myrina. After 165 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Laureate head of Apollo right, three loose curls / MYΡINAIΩN, Apollo Grynios holding branch and phiale, omphalos and amphora at feet; ΓE monogram to left. TextImage
Six NC XIV, 7Gongylos, Dynast of Myrina and Gryneion, Aeolis. AE 10. 5th c. BC. Diademed head of Apollo left with long hair / Monogram of Gongylos, resembling a key, within shallow concave. Six Monnaies Grecques Inedites, in Num. Chron. XIV, 7 (p. 317).TextImage
SNG Cop 215Aeolis, Myrina. AE12. Laureate head of Apollo right / MY-PI beneath amphora. SNG Cop 215. TextImage
SNG Cop 213Aeolis, Myrina. 4th Century BC. AR Hemidrachm (1.91 gm). Head of Athena right, wearing Corinthian helmet decorated with Nike(?) / Head of Artemis three-quarters facing; M-Y in fields. TextImage
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SNG Cop 215Aeolis, Myrina AE10. Late 4th century BC. Head of Athena right / Amphora, MY PI in fields. TextImage
SNG Cop 221Myrina. After 165 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Laureate head of Apollo right, 3 loose braids / Apollo Grynios holding patera and filleted branch, omphalos and amphora at foot right; monogram left. TextImage
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SNG Cop 221vAeolis, Myrina. Circa 155-145 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Laureate head of Apollo right / Apollo Grynios standing right; omphalos and amphora at foot right; monogram to left; all within wreath. Sacks Issue 33. TextImage
SNG Cop 225Aeolis, Myrina. AE 17mm. Laureate head of Apollo right / MY-PA, decorated amphora; lyre right. SNG von Aulock 1666. TextImage
SNG Cop 226Myrina, Aeolis. AE 13mm. 200-0 BC. Radiate head of Helios right / MU-RI, Amphora. SNG Cop 226; Weber 5570; BMC 32; Lindgren I 412.TextImage
SNG Cop 232Myrina, Aeolis, AE15, 2nd C. AD. 2.17g. MYΡINAIΩN, Laureate and draped bust of Apollo right, palm branch to right / EΠI CTΡ ΦΛ KAΛΛI, Lyre. SNG Copenhagen 232.TextImage
SNG Fitz 4328Myrina. After 165 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Laureate head of Apollo right, 3 loose braids / MYΡINAIΩN, Apollo Grynios holding patera and filleted branch, omphalos and amphora at foot right; monogram left. TextImage
SNG Munich 567Aeolis, Myrina AR Hemidrachm. ca 300 BC. Head of Athena right, in crested Attic helmet ornamented with griffin device / Facing bust of Artemis, quiver over shoulder. TextImage
SNG vA 1659Myrina, Aeolis, AE10, 3rd c. BC. 0.98 gr. Helmeted head of Athena left / M-Y to left and right of amphora. SNG von Aulock 1659.TextImage
SNG vA 7706Myrina, Aeolis, AE 15mm; 4.1g. 200-0 BC. Laureate head of Apollo right / MYΡINAIΩN, Amphora, lyre to right. SNG von Aulock 7706.TextImage
Sear #4216Myrina, Aiolis, AR Tetradrachm. 2nd century BC, Laureate head of Apollo right / MYΡINAIΩN, Apollo standing right, amphora at feet, all in wreath.
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Traite 2083Myrina, Aeolis, AR Obol, 4th c. BC, 0.62 g. Facing female head, hair in band with grain ears at sides / MYΡI, Head of goat right within incuse square. Traité II 2083; W. Wroth, BMC Aquisitions 1895 in NC 1896, 13.TextImage
Traite 2083 varMyrine, Aeolis, Tritetartemorion, 0.51 gr, 7mm. Facing female head, hair in band / MYΡI, Head of goat right within incuse square. Traité II 2083 var (denomination).TextImage
TRAJAN
BMC 42Trajan, AE17 of Myrina, Aeolis. 2.2g. AYTOKΡATOΡ A TΡAIANON, laureate head right / ΘEAN ΡΩMHN MYΡI, turreted (at front) and draped bust of Roma right. BMC 42; SNG Cop 240.TextImage
MARCUS AURELIUS
BMC 43Marcus Aurelius, AE23.5 of Myrina, Aeolis, 8.3g. AY KAI AYΡHΛIOC OYHΡOC (or similar), laureate head right / EΠI M OYΛ AΡICTOΦANOYC MYΡINAIΩN, Apollo Gryneus standing facing, head left, right shoulder and left breast bare, holding patera over burning altar and laurel branch. BMC 43; Imhoof Griechische Muenzen 248.TextImage
FAUSTINA II
SNG Copenhagen 242Faustina II AE 19 of Aeolis, Myrina. Mangistrate Aristophanes, ΦAVCTINA CEBACTH, draped bust righ / EΠI M OYΛ AΡIΣTOΦA MYΡINAIΩN, Athena or Roma seated left, holding patera, spear and sword. SNG Cop 242; Greau 1736.TextImage
JULIA MAESA
DS-6Julia Maesa AE26 of Myrina, Aeolis. IOYΛA MAICA CEBACTH, draped bust right / EΠ CTΡ (ΦOY) ΦΡEΓEΛΛANOY MYΡEINAI, Ω-N (across fields), Apollo Grynion standing facing, head left, right shoulder and left breast bare, holding patera over burning altar and laurel branch. Unpublished for Julia Maesa. Owner's reference DS-6.TextImage
TRANQUILLINA
BMC 46Tranquillina, AE, Myrina, Aeolis. ΦOYΡ TΡANKYΛΛEINAC, draped bust right, wearing stephane / MYΡEINAIΩN, Artemis huntress kneeling right on the back of a stag and grasping its antlers. BMC 46; SNG Cop. 243.TextImage
BMC 46 (2)Tranquillina, AE22 of Myrina, Aeolis. AD 241-244. ΦOYΡ TΡANKYΛΛEINA C, draped bust right / MYΡEINAIΩN, Artemis standing right, her knee on the back of a stag which she grasps by the antlers. BMC 46; SNG Cop 243.TextImage
PDF download: Sacks: The Wreathed Coins of Myrina, in ANS Museum Notes Vol. 30, available freely worldwide on Hathitrust thanks to the generosity of the ANS.

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