Ancient Coinage of Caria, Kos


The Island of Kos or Cos, one of the Dodecanese, is in the southwestern Aegean Sea

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BMC 18Kos, Caria. ca 357-330 BC. AR Didrachm. Magistrate Age.. Bearded head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin headdress / KΩION below, AΓH behind veiled female head left. BMC 18; SNG Keckman 286-287. TextImage
BMC 19Kos, Caria. AR didrachm. ca. 345-330 BC. 20 mm, 6.43 g. Magistrate Philo.. Bearded head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin headdress. / KΩION below, ΦI to right of veiled female head left. BMC 19; SNG Cop 620.TextImage
BMC 20-21Kos, Caria. AR didrachm. ca. 345-330 BC. 18.5mm, 6.69 g. Magistrate Phil... Bearded head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin headdress. / KΩION below, ΦIΛ to right of veiled female head left. BMC 20-21.TextImage
BMC 22Kos, Caria. AR didrachm. ca. 345-330 BC. 18.5mm, 6.67 g. Magistrate Biton. Bearded head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin headdress. / KΩION below, BITΩN to right of veiled female head left. BMC 22; SNG von Aulock 2752; SNG Cop 621; Pixodarus 34; HGC 6, 1306; SNG Keckman 288-289; Dewing 2387.TextImage
BMC 25Kos, Caria, AE, 1.29 gr. ca 4th century BC. Bearded head of Herakles right / Crab, club above, KΩI below. BMC 25.TextImage
BMC 32Kos, Caria, AE11. ca 366-300 BC. Veiled head of Demeter right / Crab, club below. BMC 32. TextImage
BMC 42Kos, Caria, AR Tetradrachm. ca 285-258 BC. Timolykos, magistrate. Head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin headdress. / K-ΩIO-N, crab; TIMOΛYKOΣ and bow and quiver below; all in dotted square within shallow incuse. TextImage
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BMC 43Kos, Caria, AR-Tetradrachm, 14.95 g., 27 mm. ca 285-258 BC. Magistrate Moschios. Head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin headdress / KΩIΩN MOΣCIΩN above and beneath crab, bow in bowcase below, all within dotted square. BMC 43 (same dies).TextImage
BMC 51Kos, Caria. AR didrachm, 300-190 BC. 20 mm, 6.38 gr. Magistrate Kleinos. Head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin headdress / KΩIΩN above crab on club, KΛEINOΣ below, all in dotted square. BMC 51; Hunter 4; SNG Cop 633; Paton and Hicks, 32.TextImage
BMC 52Kos, Caria, AR Didrachm. ca 300-190 BC. Head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin headdress. / Crab; club below, magistrate NIKΩN. SNG von Aulock 2754. TextImage
BMC 62Kos, Caria, AR Drachm. ca 357-330 BC. Bearded head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin headdress. / Crab; club below, magistrate MOΣXIΩN. SNG von Aulock 2750. TextImage
BMC 70Kos, Caria, AR Hemidrachm. ca 285-258 BC. Head of young Herakles right in lion skin headdress / KΩION, crab above horizontal club, magistrate VΠINIKOY below. SNG von Aulock 2758. TextImage
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BMC 86 ff varKos, Caria, AE, ca 3rd-2nd century BC. 1.45g. Head of Herakles left, wearing lionskin headdress / Crab, club below, ΠEIΣ (?) in exergue. SNG von Aulock 8173 var. (magistrate's name); BMC 86-98 var (ditto).TextImage
BMC 111vKos, Caria, 190-166 BC. AE13mm. Magistrate Koikleuchios. Three-quarter facing head of Helios, head turned slightly right / KΩI KΛEYXIO, club and a bow in a bow case. Triton V, 491; Münsterberger II, pg. 124 (this coin cited). Unpublished magistrate. TextImage
BMC 170Kos, Caria, AE 25. c. 88-50 BC, Magistrate Alkidamos. Laureate head of Apollo right / KΩINΩN AΛKIΔA to left and right of lyre, all within wreath. BMC 170; Paton-Hicks 228; SNG Cop 665.TextImage
BMC 173Kos, Caria, AE24. c. 88-50 BC, Magistrate Emmenibas. Laureate head of Apollo right / KΩIΩN EMMEN to left and right of lyre, all within wreath.Text
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BMC 174Kos, Caria, AE24. c. 88-50 BC, Laureate head of Apollo right / KΩIΩN EYKΡAT to left and right of lyre, all within wreath. TextImage
BMC 198Kos, Caria, Nikias. ca 30 BC. AE 31mm. NIKIAS, head of Nikias right in a slight beard, band in hair / KΩIΩN KAΛΛIΠΠIΔHΣ, laureate head of Asklepios right. RPC I 2728, SNG Cop 689, BMC 198. TextImage
BMC 208Kos, Caria. AE 31. No legend, bearded head of Herakles right, club over shoulder / KΩINΩ, bowl on three legs, with two birds standing on the rim, drinking from the bowl. BMC 208.TextImage
Dewing 2393corrKos, Caria, AR Hemidrachm. ca 190-167 BC. 12mm, 1.36 g. Theugenes, magistrate. Head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin headdress. / K-ΩIO-N, crab; ΘEYΓENH[Σ] and club below. TextImage
Kroll 18Kos, Caria, AR Tetrobol. ca 145-88 BC. Head of bearded Asklepios right / Coiled snake; magistrates NIKOME ΘEYΦAMI. TextImage
PatonHicks 86Kos, Caria, AE17, (4.16g) c. 190-88 BC. Head of Herakles 3/4 facing, wearing lion skin / KΩIΩN ΦIΛINOΣ, Bow in case and club. Paton and Hicks 86; cf BMC 156ff.TextImage
Paton&Hicks 100bKos, Caria. AE10, 1.45 gr. 300-190 BC. Magistrate Teisias. Head of Herakles left, wearing lionskin / KΩIΩN above crab, TEIΣI below. Paton and Hicks 100b.TextImage
Pixodarus 12Kos, Caria. AR didrachm. ca. 345-330 BC. 18 mm, 6.55 g. Magistrate Ma... Bearded head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin headdress. / KΩION below, MA to right of veiled female head left. Pixodarus 12; SNG Cop 619 (with A off flan).TextImage
Pixodarus 19aKos, Caria. AR didrachm. ca. 345-330 BC. 20 mm, 6.85 g. Magistrate Iph... (or Philo..) Bearded head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin headdress. / KΩION below, IΦ to right of veiled female head left. Pixodarus 19a (this coin); Pixodarus Hoard (CH IX, p. 421, this coin) (SNG Cop 622 var (drachm)).TextImage
Requier 43cKos, Caria, AR Tetradrachm. 300-190 BC. Head of Herakles right wearning lionskin / KΩION above crab, magistrate ΛEΩΔAMAΣ, bow in case below. TextImage
Requier 48Kos, Caria, AR Tetradrachm. ca 285–258 BC. Head of young Herakles right in lion skin headdress / KΩION above crab, magistrate ΛEΩΔAMAΣ, bow in case below. TextImage
RPC 2724Kos, Caria, Nikias, tyrant, ca. 30 BC, AE32, 23.66 gr. NIKIAΣ, lightly bearded and bare head of Nikias right / KΩIΩN ANTIOXOΣ, laureate head of Asklepios right. RPC 2724; BMC 196; SNG Cop 687; Paton-Hicks 234.TextImage
SNG Cop 617Kos, Caria, AR Triple Siglos, ca. 480-470 BC. 16.60g. [KOΣ] Nude male youth hurling a discus, standing facing, weight on his right leg, left leg is crossing behind, the upper part of the body bent to its right side. On the left, large tripod, the prize of the contest. / Irregular square incuse with diagonal lines, small crayfish in lower section. Babelon Traite 2,2 1738; Imhoof MG 98; BMC 6-9; Mionnet III, 5; SNG Cop 617; SNG Fitz. 4758-4759.TextImage
SNG Cop 622Kos, Caria. AR drachm. ca. 345-330 BC. 15 mm, 3.44 g. Magistrate Phi(leonidas). Bearded head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin headdress. / KΩION below, IΦ to right of veiled female head left. SNG Cop 622; Egger auction 45, lot 594 (1913).TextImage
SNG Cop 627Kos, Caria, AR Tetradrachm. Circa 285-258 BC. Head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin headdress. / K-ΩIO-N ΛEΩΔAMAΣ, crab; bow and quiver below, all in dotted square. Requier 40ff, SNG Berry 1116; Paton-Hicks 18. TextImage
SNG Cop 660Kos, Caria, AE19. After 300 BC 1.1 g. Bee / Star. TextImage
SNG Hel 228vKos, Caria, AR Tetradrachm. ca 4th Century BC. Athanad..., magistrate. Bearded head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin headdress. / Veiled female head left; AΘANAΔ... (magistrate). TextImage
SNG Keckman 285vKos, Caria, AR Tetradrachm. Phase 1, ca 395-390 BC. Persias, magistrate. Head of Herakles left, in lion's skin / Crab; club and (possibly) ΠEΡΣIAΣ below; all within incuse square. Paton-Hicks 7. TextImage
SNG Keckman 288vKos, Caria, AR Tetradrachm. Phase 4, circa 345-340 BC. Athamas, magistrate. Head of Herakles right, in lion's skin / Veiled head of female left; AΘAMAΣ to right. TextImage
SNG vA 2750vKos, Caria, AR drachm. ca 3rd-2nd Cent. BC. Head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin headdress. / Crab; club below, magistrate ΛYKΩN. TextImage
SNG vA 2758cfKos, Caria, AR Hemidrachm. Ca. 300-190 BC. Head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin headdress. / crab on club, KAΛΛIΣO below. TextImage
Wealth 111Kos, Caria, AR Tetradrachm. ca 170 BC. Head of Aphrodite right, wreathed with myrtle / IKOΣTΡATOΣ, Asklepios standing right, resting on serpent staff, legs crossed. Paton-Hicks 128. TextImage
Weber 6652Kos, Caria, AE12, 190-167 BC. 1.46 g. Head of Helios or youthful Herakles facing. / KΩI MEΔΩN, club and bow in bowcase. Weber 6652; SNG von Aulock 8174.TextImage
AUGUSTUS
RPC 2738Augustus AE21 of Kos, Caria. 6.4g. Magistrate Sophocles, son of Timoxenos. ΣEBAΣTOΣ KΩIΩN, laureate head right. / EIΡANA ΣOΦOKΛEΣ TIMOXENOY, laureate head of Eirene right. RPC 2738; BMC 224-225.TextImage
See also: PDF Download from wildwinds: Coin pages extract of Inscriptions of Cos by Paton and Hicks. (Old but excellent for finding Magistrate's names). 11 Mb, no images.
Entry for Caria, Kos on the Digital Historia Numorum
Search for Cos in the British SNG Volumes' Database at the Fitzwilliam Museum

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