Ancient Coinage of Mesopotamia, Carrhae


Carrhae, Mesopotamia, modern day Harran

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MARCUS AURELIUS
RPC online 9288Marcus Aurelius AR 17mm Drachm of Carrhae, Mesopotamia, 164-169. 2.89 g. [AVT K M AV]RHLIOC ANTWNINO[C CE], laureate head right / YPER NIKHC [TWN KURIWN CE], clasped hands, caduceus and two corn-ears behind. RPC online 9288 (this reverse legend convincingly attributed to Carrhae by Babelon).TextImage
LUCIUS VERUS
Mionnet 233Lucius Verus AR Denarius or Didrachm, Mesopotamia, 17 mm; 2.55 gr. AVT K L AUR OUHROC CEB, bare head right / UPER NIKHC TWN KURIWN CE, Athena advancing right, brandishing spear and holding shield on left arm. BMC-; Paris 1819 (under Carrhae); RPC online 8033; Mionnet 233 (uncertain mint in Mesopotamia).TextImage
FAUSTINA II
BMC 6Faustina II, AR Denarius. Carrhae mint, Mesopotamia. (Possibly Edessa but more likely Carrhae). FAVCTINA CEBACTH, draped bust right, hair waved and tied in chignon at the back / YPER NIKHC RWMAIWN, Juno standing left, holding patera and sceptre. BMC p. 138, 6.TextImage
COMMODUS
BMC 2 Mesopotamia, Carrhae. Commodus. 180-192 AD. AE, 16mm. Laureate head right / Crescent and star.TextImage
BMC 10Commodus, AE of Carrhae, 2.18 g. KAIC[AR AY] KOMODOC, laureate head right / YPER NIKHC RWMAIW, veiled, draped and turreted bust of Tyche right. BMC 10 ("uncertain mint"). RPC online 8047 var. SNG Cop. 191 var. Attributed by Babelon to Carrhae.TextImage
SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS
BMC 4Septimius Severus, AE26 of Carrhae, Mesopotamia. 193-211 AD. CEPTIMIOC CEOVHPOC, laureate head right / (AIA on left), K-A above, KOL(WN) on right, temple showing four columns; wreath in pediment, between the central columns a conical baetyl surmounted by crescent, in the wings of the temple, two standards with triangular banners, each in a distyle shrine surmounted by a crescent. BMC 4; Hunter III, 2.TextImage
BMC 5 cfSeptimius Severus, AE18 of Carrhae, Mesopotamia. (CEPTIMIOC CEVHROC), laureate head right / KARR KOLWNIAC MHKAR.. Dionysos seated left, holding grapes and corn-ears upwards, and resting on thyrsos; star over crescent in left field. cf BMC 5.TextImage
Lind.& Kov. 2559Septimius Severus and Julia Domna. AE19 of Carrhae, Mesopotamia. ...EPT CE.., laureate head of Septimius Severus right, facing draped bust of Julia Domna(?) left / AVP K..., draped bust of Julia Domna right, large crescent to right. cf Lindgren & Kovacs 2559 (Caracalla and Geta ?).TextImage
Lindgren 2564Septimius Severus AE16 of Mesopotamia, Carrhae. Laureate head right / KAPHA (...), Simulacrum of Aphrodite, surmounted by crescent moon and star.TextImage
Mionnet V, 13Septimius Severus AE of Carrhae, Mesopotamia. AD 193-211. AVRH KA..CEOYH, laureate, draped bust of Sept. Severus right, facing draped bust of Caracalla left / AVR KAR KOL M or similar, draped bust of Julia Domna right, crescent on serpent in right field. Mionnet V, 13.TextImage
Mionnet V, 24Septimius Severus, AE of Carrhae (as Harran), Mesopotamia. AD 193-211. 8.73 g. CEΠTMIOC CE-OYHΡOC, laureate head right / (clockwise from top right) KAI KOΛ AΛIA, HΡA below, tetrastyle temple with two side niches and crescent in pediment, baetyl in the centre and a standard on each side. Mionnet V, 24; (under Aelia Capitolina); Paris 1847; Paris Y28638 (this coin); BMC 4; Chwolsohn, "die Ssabier", p. 401.TextImage
Mionnet Supp VIII, 17 corrSeptimius Severus AE16 of Carrhae, Mesopotamia. CEOYHΡOC ΠEΡ, laureate head right / KAΡHANωN AYΡHΛIO, simulacrum of Aphrodite, surmounted by crescent and star. Paris 1834; Mionnet Supp. VIII, 17 corr. (described as simulacrum on table).TextImage
Mionnet S8, 23 varSeptimius Severus, AE20 of Carrhae, Mesopotamia. AD 193-211. CEΠT CEVHΡOC, laureate head right / AVΡ KAΡ KOΛ.., laureate head of Caracalla right. Mionnet Supp VIII, 23 var (legends and rev bust type).TextImage
CARACALLA
Bellinger 159Caracalla AR Tetradrachm of Carrhae in Mesopotamia. Dated COS 4 = 215-217 AD. AYT KMA ANTWNEINOC C EB, radiate head right, seen from behind / DHMAPC×EX×UPATO×D×, eagle standing facing, head right with wreath in beak, star to left, crescent between legs, two pellets in ex. Prieur 830.TextImage
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BMC 10Caracalla, AE18 of Carrhae, Mesopotamia. AVT K M A(NTWNEINOC), laureate head right / KARKO MHTRPOL, Crescent, horns upwards with pendent fillets, placed upon base; eight-pointed star between the horns. BMC 10; cf Lindgren 4452.TextImage
BMC 15Caracalla, AE14 of Carrhae, Mesopotamia. AVT K M A(NTWNEINOC) or similar, laureate head right / KOL MHTROPOL, Crescent with eight-pointed star within.TextImage
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BMC 15cf
Caracalla, barbaric style AE14 of Carrhae, Mesopotamia. AVT K M A(NTWNEINOC) or similar, laureate head right / KOL MH.., Crescent with eight-pointed star within.TextImage
BMC 22Caracalla, AE19 of Carrhae, Mesopotamia. AD 198-217. 4.38 gr. [M ANTON]INVS P F AVG, laureate head right / COI MET ANTO-NINIANA A[VR ALEX], turreted and veiled head of Tyche right. BMC 22; SNG Cop 177.TextImage
BMC 34Caracalla AE13 of Carrhae, Mesopotamia. Bust of Caracalla right / turreted bust of Tyche right.TextImage
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BMC 38Caracalla AE18 of Carrhae, Mesopotamia. Bust of Caracalla right /Bust of Tyche right, cornucopiae before.TextImage
BMC 44Caracalla, AE21 of Mesopotamia, Carrhae. 197-217 AD. 4,86 g. (from top right) M AVR ANTONINIANAC, laureate head right / COL MET ANT-ONINIANA, turreted and veiled head of Tyche right, serpent before. BMC 44.TextImage
BMC 45Caracalla and Geta, AE18 of Carrhae, Mesopotamia. 4.45g. ANTWN.., laureate, draped bust of Caracalla right facing bare-headed, draped bust of Geta left / ..NEIA MHTROPO.., Crescent and one star. BMC 45.TextImage
Mionnet 15Caracalla AE22 of Carrhae, Mesopotamia. AVT KAI M ANTWNEINOC, youthful, laureate head right / KAP KOL MHTROPOL, star in crescent, globe and serpent below. TextImage
Mionnet V, 29Caracalla and Geta, AE18 of Carrhae, Mesopotamia. AD 209-211. 4.90 gr. (both legends from top right) [ANTWNEIN C] GETAC CE, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Caracalla right, facing bare-headed and draped bust of Geta left / KLW[NEI M]HTROPOL KARR, crescent and one star. BMC 45-48; Mionnet V, 29.TextImage
SGI 2701Caracalla, billon tetradrachm of Rhesaena or Carrhae. AVT K M ANTWNINOC C EB Laureate head right / DHMAPX EZ VPATOC TO D, eagle standing facing on bull's head, head right with wreath in beak. Bellinger 160.TextImage
SGI 2702Caracalla AE18 of Carrhae, Mesopotamia, M AVR ANTONINVS P F AVG, laureate head right / COL MET ANTO NINIANA AVR ALEX, veiled and turretted bust of Tyche right. BMC 16.TextImage
MACRINUS
Prieur 824vMacrinus AR Tetradrachm of Carrhae, Mesopotamia. AVT K M OP CE MAKPEINOC, laureate head right / DHMARC EX UPATOC, eagle standing, wings open, head right, holding wreath in beak, dots at sides of legs, bull's head between them. Bellinger 163.TextObvRev
Prieur 827Macrinus AR Tetradrachm of Carrhae, Mesopotamia AVT K M OP CE MAKPEINOC CE, laureate draped bust right / DHMARC EX UPATOC, eagle standing, wings open, head right, holding wreath in beak, dots at sides of legs, bull's head between them. Bellinger 162.TextObvRev
Prieur 835Macrinus AR Tetradrachm of Carrhae, Mesopotamia. AVT K M OPEL CE MAKPEINOC, radiate head right / DHMAPX EX VPATOC, eagle standing facing, wings open, head right, wreath in its beak, star to left, crescent between legs, two dots in ex. SGI 2973.TextObvRev
Prieur 836Macrinus AR Tetradrachm of Carrhae, Mesopotamia. AVT K M OPEL CE MAKPEINOC, radiate draped bust right / DHMAPX EX VPATOC, eagle standing facing, wings open, head right, wreath in its beak, star to left, crescent between legs, two dots in ex. Bellinger 168.TextImage
ELAGABALUS
Mionnet V, 31aElagabalus, AE16 of Carrhae, Mesopotamia. AYT ANTWNEINOC, radiate head right / KAR KOL M P, crescent and one star on globe and serpents. Mionnet V, 31a.TextImage
Mionnet V, 36Elagabalus AE16 of Carrhae. AV K ANTWN, Radiate head right / KAP KOL M, seven dots in a star formation within crescent. Text>Image
Prieur 254Elagabalus Billon Tetradrachm of Mesopotamia, Carrhaei(?). AVT K M A (dot)(dot)(dot) ANTONEINOC, laureate bust right, draped far shoulder / DHMARC EZ UPATO TO B, D-E, eagle standing facing, tail & head right with wreath in its beak, star between legs.TextImage
Prieur 256Elagabalus, Billon tetradrachm, Carrhae mint, Mesopotamia. AD 219-220. 12.49g. AYT K M A dot dot ANTwNEINOC CEB, laureate head left / DHMARX EX UPATOC TO B, eagle standing left, head and tail right, wings spread, wreath in its beak, star between legs, delta-epsilon across upper fields. Prieur 256.TextImage
GORDIAN III
BMC 55Gordian III, AE27 of Carrhae Mesopotamia. AVTOK K M ANT GORDIANOC CEB, Laureate draped bust right / MHTR KOL KARRHNWN, Turreted, draped and veiled bust of Tyche left, small figure on column before, holding wine-skin over shoulder; crescent above. BMC 55.TextImage
BMC 57Gordian III 28mm of Carrhae in Mesopotamia. AVTOK K M ANT GORDIANOC CEB, radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right, viewed from behind / MHTR KOL KARRHNWN, turreted, draped & veiled bust of Tyche left; small figure on column before. SNG Cop 187.TextImage
BMC 61Gordian III, AE 27 of Carrhae, Mesopotamia. AVTOK M ANT GORDIANOC CEB, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right / MHTR KOL KARRHNWN, crescent, six-rayed star within. BMC 61; Thomas Coll. 2520.TextImage
See also: Entry for carrhae on the Digital Historia Numorum
Search for Carrhae in the British SNG Volumes' Database at the Fitzwilliam Museum

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