Ancient Coinage of Ionia, Metropolis

A town in the hills north of Ephesus.

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BMC 1Metropolis, Ionia, AE15mm. Helmeted head of Ares right / MHTROPO/LITWN above and beneath winged thunderbolt. BMC 1 corr.TextImage
BMC 4Metropolis, Ionia. AE14, 30 BC-276 AD. Turreted head of Tyche right / MHTRO-POLI-TWN in three lines. SNG Munich 663; BMC 4.TextImage
Imhoof KM 1Metropolis, Ionia, AE17. 4.1 gr. Magistrate Diogenes, 100-0 BC. Turreted head of Tyche right / DIOGEN, monogram to right, Ares, helmeted, standing half left, holding spear and shield. Imhoof-Blumer KM 1; Schlosser NZ 1891 p. 10, 8.TextImage
SNGCop 907Metropolis, Ionia. AE12.88mm. 1st century BC. 1.63 gr. Turreted bust of Tyche or Kybele right / DIOGE, pine cone, monogram to left. SNG Cop 907, SNG Von Aulock 7926; Lindgren I 507.TextImage
SNG vA 7925Ionia, Metropolis, AE15. Helmeted bust of Ares right / Crossed thunderbolt and sceptre, city monogram at upper left. SNG von Aulock 7925, Imhoof MG 95.TextImage
SNGvA 7926Metropolis, Ionia, AE 13, 1st. c. BC. Turreted head of Kybele right / ANDRW.., Pine cone, monogram to left. SNG von Aulock 7926; cf SNG Cop. 907 (different magistrate).TextImage
CNG 110,113Marcus Aurelius, AE18 of Metropolis, Ionia. 161-180 AD. Laureate and cuirassed bust right, seen from the back / MHTROPO-LEITWN, Artemis standing right, drawing arrow from quiver and holding bow in left hand; stag standing right before. Not in the usual sources. Apparently unpublished.TextImage
Price 370Septimius Severus, AE35 of Metropolis, Ionia. 193-211 AD. 27.69 gr. Klathallos, magistrate. AV KA CE CEOYHROC AV, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / EPI CTR KLAQALLOU MHTROPOLEITWN, tetrastyle temple with arched architrave, within: Ares, standing left, holding spear and shield. Kraft pl. 76, 16d. Waddington 6332 corr. (under Metropolis in Phrygia). Price & Trell 436, fig. 370. TextImage
SNGvA 7927Geta, AE17 of Metropolis, Ionia. 198-209 AD. L CEP GETAC, bare-headed, draped bust right / MHTΡOΠOΛITΩN, river god reclining left, holding reed; overturned urn behind from which water flows. SNG von Aulock 7927.TextImage
BMC 10Severus Alexander, Metropolis, Ionia, Ae 22, 6.2g. M AVR CEYH ALEXANDROC., laureate draped cuirassed bust right / MHTΡOΠOΛEITΩN, Helmeted and cuirassed figure (Septimius Severus?) standing facing, head left, holding spear and resting hand on shield. BMC 10; Lindgren III 375a.TextImage
BMC 11Severus Alexander, AE20.8mm of Metropolis, Ionia. M AVR CEV OYH ALEXANDRO, laureate head right / MHTΡOΠOΛEITΩN, Tyche standing left, holding rudder and cornucopiae. BMC 11.TextImage
Helios SP393cfMaximus, AE22 of Metropolis, Ionia, AE22. UOUH-MAXIMOC, laureate draped cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / MHTROP-OLE, ITWN (in ex.), River-god reclining left, holding reed and resting on urn, from which waters flow. cf Helios Numismatik, "Salus Provinciarum", 393, otherwise unpublished.TextImage
SNG Cop 929Gordian III, AE22 of Metropolis, Ionia. 3.7 g. AYT K M ANT ΓOΡΔIANOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / MHTΡOΠOΛEITΩN, Tyche standing left, holding rudder and cornucopiae. SNG Cop 929; Johnston, Sardis 103; SNG Lewis 1474.TextImage
SNG vA 2069Gordian III, AE30 of Metropolis, Ionia. AYT K M ANT GORDIANOC, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right / MHTROPOLEITWN TWN EN IWNIA, Kybele seated left on high-backed throne, holding patera, lion at side. SNG von Aulock 2069 (same dies); BMC 14; Hunter 5; SNG Cop 922; Weber 6021-5022.TextImage
BMC 22Philip I, Ionia, Metropolis, AE21. AUT K M IOU FILIPPOC, laureate draped bust right / MHTROP-OLEITWN, Emperor standing left with helmet, spear and shield. BMC 22; SNG Muenchen 685.TextImage
Price-Trell 370cfPhilip I, AE of Metropolis, Ionia. 244-249 AD. 17.19 g. AVT K M IOV FILIPPOC, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right / EPI CTR G IOVL APRWNIANOU METROPOLEITWN, tetrastyle temple containing statue of Ares facing, holding spear and shield. Price/Trell 370 cf.TextImage
BMC 23 cfPhilip II, AE17 of Metropolis, Ionia. M IOVL FILIPPOC KAI, bare-headed draped bust right / Rev: MHTROPOL-EITWN, River God, naked to waist, reclining left, holding reed. cf Hunter 9; BMC 23 (Philip I).TextImage
BMC 28Gallienus, AE28, Metropolis, Ionia. AUT K PO LIKIN GALLIHNOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / EP ST OUA NEIKIA MHTROPOLEITWN, Emperor, cuirassed, standing right and resting on sceptre, clasping hands with city goddess standing left, holding transverse sceptre. BMC p. 180, 28. TextImage
BMC 33 varSalonina AE25 of Metropolis, Ionia. 6.4 gr. CALWN CRUSOGONH SEBA, diademed and draped bust right / KAICAREIA around; CE-TW across fields; Prize urn with two palms inside, METROPOLITWN in two lines below. BMC 33 var and SNG Tuebingen 2986 var (rev. legend).TextImage
SGI 4653 Salonina AE25 of Metropolis, Ionia. CALWN XPVCOGONH CE, draped bust right / MHTROPOLEITWN TWN EN IWNIA, emperor, in military dress and holding spear, facing right, clasping hands with Tyche. SNGvA 2076.TextImage
SNG Cop 941Saloninus, AE21 of Metropolis, Ionia. 258-260 AD. LIK CALWN OYALERIANOC, laureate, draped bust right / MHTROPOLEITWN, Ares standing left, holding spear and shield. SNG Cop 941.TextImage
SNGCop 942Saloninus, Caesar 258-60 AD. AE 19 mm. Metropolis, Ionia. CALW OUVALERIANOC KAI, laureate, draped bust right / METROPOLEITWN, Tyche standing left holding rudder and cornucopiae. SNG Cop 942. TextImage

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