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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 18ISLANDS off CARIA. Kos. c357-330 BC. AR Didrachm. Bearded head of Herakles (Maussollos, satrap of Caria?) right, in lionskin headdress / Veiled female head left, (Artemisia, wife of Maussollos, as Demeter?); magistrate AGH. TextImage
BMC 25Kos, Caria, AE, 1.29 gr. ca 4th century BC. Bearded head of Herakles right / Crab, club above, KWI below. BMC 25.TextImage
BMC 32Islands off Caria, Kos AE11. ca 366-300 BC. Veiled head of Demeter right / Crab, club below. BMC 32. TextImage
BMC 42Islands off Caria, Kos AR Tetradrachm. ca 285-258 BC. Timolykos, magistrate. Head of Herakles right, in lion's skin headdress / K-WIO-N, crab; TIMOLUKOS & bow & 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 / KWIWN MOSCIWN 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 / KWIWN above crab on club, KLEINOS below, all in dotted square. BMC 51; Hunter 4; SNG Cop 633; Paton & Hicks, 32.TextImage
BMC 52Caria, Islands off, Kos AR Didrachm. ca 300-190 BC. Head of Herakles right, in lion's skin headdress / Crab; club below, magistrate NIKWN. SNG von Aulock 2754. TextImage
BMC 62Caria, Islands off, Kos AR Drachm. ca 357-330 BC. Bearded head of Herakles right, in lion's skin headdress / Crab; club below, magistrate MOSXIWN. SNG von Aulock 2750. TextImage
BMC 70Islands Off Caria, Cos AR Hemidrachm. ca 285-258 BC. Head of young Heracles right in lion skin headdress / KWION, crab above horizontal club, magistrate VPINIKOY 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, PEIS (?) in exergue. SNG von Aulock 8173 var. (magistrate's name); BMC 86-98 var (ditto).TextImage
BMC 111vCarian Islands, Kos. 190-166 BC. AE13mm. Three-quarter facing head of Helios, head turned slightly right / KWI, club & a bow in a bow case; magistrate KLEUCIO. TextImage
BMC 170Cos, Caria, AE 25. c. 88-50 BC, Magistrate Alkidamos. Laureate head of Apollo right / KWINWN ALKIDA to left and right of lyre, all within wreath. BMC 170; Paton-Hicks 228; SNG Cop 665.TextImage
BMC 173Cos, Caria, AE24. c. 88-50 BC, Magistrate Emmenibas. Laureate head of Apollo right / KWIWN EMMEN to left and right of lyre, all within wreath.Text
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BMC 174Cos, Caria, AE24. c. 88-50 BC, Laureate head of Apollo right / KWIWN EUKRAT to left and right of lyre, all within wreath. TextImage
BMC 198Carian Islands, Kos. Nikias. ca 30 BC. AE 31mm. NIKIAS, head of Nikias right in a slight beard, band in hair / KWIWN KALLIPPIDHS, 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 2393corrIslands off Caria, Kos. Circa 190-167 BC. AR Hemidrachm (12mm, 1.36 gm). Theugenes, magistrate. Head of Herakles right, in lion's skin headdress / K-WIO-N, crab; QEUGENH[S] & club below. TextImage
Kroll 18Caria, Islands off, Kos AR Tetrobol. ca 145-88 BC. Head of bearded Asklepios right / Coiled snake; magistrates NIKOME / QEUFAMI. TextImage
PatonHicks 86Cos, Caria, AE17, (4.16g) c. 190-88 BC. Head of Herakles 3/4 facing, wearing lion skin / KWIWN FILINOS, Bow in case and club. Paton & 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 / KWIWN above crab, TEISI below. Paton & Hicks 100b.TextImage
Requier 43cCarian Islands, Kos AR Tetradrachm. 300-190 BC. Head of Herakles right wearning lionskin / KWION above crab, magistrate LEWDAMAS, bow in case below. TextImage
Requier 48Islands Off Caria, Cos AR Tetradrachm. ca 285–258 BC. Head of young Heracles right in lion skin headdress / KWION above crab, magistrate LEWDAMAS, bow in case below. TextImage
RPC 2724Cos, Caria, Nikias, tyrant, ca. 30 BC, AE32, 23.66 gr. NIKIAS, lightly bearded and bare head of Nikias right / KWIWN ANTIOCOS, laureate head of Asklepios right. RPC 2724; BMC 196; SNG Copenhagen 687.TextImage
SNG Cop 617Cos, Island of Caria. Triple Siglos, ca. 480-470 BC. 16.60g. [KOS] 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. Dotted border / 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 627Caria, Islands off. Kos AR Tetradrachm. Circa 285-258 BC. Head of Herakles right, in lion's skin headdress / K-WIO-N, crab; bow & quiver below, magistrate LEWDAMAS; all in dotted square. Requier 40ff, SNG Berry 1116. TextImage
SNG Cop 660Aegean Islands - Ceos. After 300 B.C. AE 10 mm. 1.100 grams. Obverse: Bee. Reverse: Star. TextImage
SNG Hel 228vIslands off Caria, Kos. Circa 4th Century BC. AR Tetradrachm. Athanad..., magistrate. Bearded head of Herakles right, in lion's skin headdress / Veiled female head left; AQANAD... (magistrate). TextImage
SNG Keckman 285vIslands off Caria, Kos AR Tetradrachm. Phase 1, circa 395-390 BC. Persias, magistrate. Head of Herakles left, in lion's skin / Crab; club & PERSIAS below; all within incuse square. TextImage
SNGKeckman 288vIslands off Caria, Kos AR Tetradrachm. Phase 4, circa 345-340 BC. Athamas, magistrate. Head of Herakles right, in lion's skin / Veiled head of female left; AQAMAS to right. TextImage
SNGvA 2750vKos, island off Caria. c3rd-2nd Cent. BC. AR Drachm. Head of Herakles right, in lion's skin headdress / Crab; club below, magistrate LUKWN. TextImage
SNGvA 2758cfCarian Islands, Kos. Ca. 300-190 B.C. AR Hemidrachm. Head of Herakles right in lionskin / crab on club, KALLISO below. TextImage
Wealth 111Islands off Caria, Cos AR Tetradrachm. ca 170 BC. Head of Aphrodite right, wreathed with myrtle / Asclepius standing right, resting on serpent staff, legs crossed, magistrate's signature IKOSTRATOS in left field. TextImage
Sear #4996Carian Islands, Kos. Head of bearded Herakles right, clad in lion’s skin. Incuse crab, club below. TextImage
See also: PDF Download from wildwinds: Coin pages extract of Inscriptions of Cos by Paton & Hicks. (Old but excellent for finding Magistrate's names). 11 Mb, no images.
Perseus Project database, coins of Kos
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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