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Ancient Coinage of Mesopotamia, Nisibis



Nisibis, the capital of Mygdonia, Mesopotomia was in a commanding situation on the road between the Tigris and the Mediterranean, and was frequently won and lost in the wars between the Romans, Parthians and Persians, until the Emperor Jovian ceded it in 363 AD.
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SEVERUS ALEXANDER
BMC 4Severus Alexander AE29 of Nisibis, Mesopotamia. Laureate bust right / CEP KOLO NECIBI METPO, turreted & draped bust of the City Goddess right, Ares the Ram leaping right, head left, above her, star before. BMC 4.TextImage
BMC 5Severus Alexander, AE26 of Nisibis, Mesopotamia. AY KAI MAΡ AV CE AΛEΞANΔΡOC, laureate head right / CEΠ KOΛO NECIBI MHT, turreted and draped bust of Tyche right, star to left and right, ram leaping right above. BMC 5; Dura Hoard VIII, 101.TextImage
SNG Copenhagen 233vSeverus Alexander AE27 of Nisibis, Mesopotamia. (...)ALEXANDPOC, laureate & draped bust right / CEP KOLO NECIBI MHTPO, turreted & draped bust of Tyche right, ram leaping right above, star before.TextImage
SNG Copenhagen 233Severus Alexander AE28 of Nisibis, Mesopotamia. Laureate head right / Turreted, veiled bust of Tyche right, ram (Aries) above.TextImage
SNG Copenhagen 235Severus Alexander AE 31mm of Mesopotamia, Nisibis. AVT KAI (MAP CEV) ALEXANDPOC, radiate head right / (CEP) KOLO NECIBI MHTPO, turreted bust of Tyche right, ram leaping right above, star behind, palm branch before. BMC 5cf.TextImage
SNG Cop 235Severus Alexander, AE of Nisibis, Mesopotamia. KAI M AR AVG ALEXANDROC C, laureate, draped bust right / CEP KOLO NECIBI MHTR (or similar), turreted, veiled and draped bust of Tyche right; star to right, ram leaping right above. SNG Cop 235; BMC 4.TextImage
JULIA MAMAEA
BMC 10Julia Mamaea AE27 of Nisibis, Mesopotamia. 222-235 AD. 11.58 gm. (IOV MAMEA CEBA), diademed and draped bust right, on large crescent / CEP KOLO NISIBI MHT, veiled and turreted bust of Tyche right; star to right; ram leaping right above, head reverted. BMC 10; Lindgren & Kovacs 2601.TextImage
Lindgren 2601Julia Mamaea AE27 of Nisibis, Mesopotamia. 222-235 AD. IOV MAMEA CEBACTH, diademed and draped bust right, on large crescent / CEP KOLO NISIBI MHT, veiled and turreted bust of Tyche right; star to right; ram leaping right above, head reverted. BMC 10; Lindgren & Kovacs 2601.TextImage
GORDIAN III
BMC 12Gordian III, AE16 of Nisibis, Mesopotamia. 13.65 g. AYTOK K M ANT GORDIANOC CE, laureate head right, slight drapery on left shoulder / CEP KOL NECIBI MHT, turreted and veiled bust of Tyche right, ram leaping right above. BMC 12; Dura hoard VIII-IX, 119; Mionnet V, 172.TextImage
BMC 12 varGordian III, AE16 of Nisibis, Mesopotamia. (AV..) K M ANT G(ORDIANOC) CE, laureate, draped bust right / (CEP KOL) NECIBI, turreted and veiled bust of Tyche right. BMC 12 var (rev. legend); Mionnet V, 172 var (bust type, rev. legend). TextImage
BMC 14Gordian III and Tranquillina, AE34 of Nisibis, Mesopotamia. AD 238-244. AVTOK K M ANT GORDIANON CAB TRANKVILINAN CEB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian III right facing diademed and draped bust of Tranquillina left / CEP KOLON NECIBI MHTRO, Tyche seated left on rock, holding grain-ears, river-god swimming left at her feet, ram leaping left above. BMC 14; SNG Cop 238; Chaix 965; Mionnet V 174.TextImage
BMC 14 varGordian III and Tranquillina, AE33 of Nisibis, Mesopotamia. AD 238-244. 23.41 g. AVTOK K M ANT GORDIANON CAB TRANKVILINAN CE, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian III right facing diademed and draped bust of Tranquillina left / CEP KOLO NECIBI MHTRO, Tyche seated left on rock, holding grain-ears, river-god swimming left at her feet, ram leaping right above. Var of BMC 14; Dura hoard VIII-IX, 123; SNG Cop 238; Chaix 965; Mionnet V 174, all having ram leaping left above.TextImage
PHILIP I
BMC 21Philip I AE 24mm of Nisibis, Mesopotamia. Radiate & cuirassed bust left / IOVC CEP KOLW NECIBI MHT, tetrastyle temple; statue of Tyche within, ram above Tyche's head, river god below. SNG Cop 240.TextImage
OTACILIA SEVERA
SGI 4065Otacilia Severa AE26 of Nisibis, Mesopotamia. MAP WTAKIL CEOVHPAN CEB, diademed draped bust right on crescent / IOV CEP KOLW NECIBI MHT, tetrastyle shrine containing seated facing figure of the city goddess, ram leaping right above, river god swimming right below. BMC 27, SNGCop 244.TextImage
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PHILIP II
BMC 22Philip II AE 25mm of Mesopotamia, Nisibis. AYTOK K M IOVLI FILLIPOC CEB, radiate, draped, cuirassed & beardless bust left / Tetrastyle temple with fluted colums, in which Tyche, veiled, seated facing; ram jumping above her; river god swimming below. TextImage
Entry for Mesopotamia, Nisibis on the Digital Historia Numorum
Search for Nisibis in the British SNG Volumes' Database at the Fitzwilliam Museum

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