Ancient Coinage of Messenia, Kyparissia



Situated 38 km north of Pylos, on the Gulf of Kyparissia, a bay of the Ionian Sea. Recently the remains of the ancient town were discovered on a site planned for a water park, and the site is currently being excavated.

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SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS
Mionnet Supp IV, 20Septimius Severus, AE Assarion of Cyparissia, Messenia. 5.85 g. ΛOY CEΠ CEOYHΡOC, laureate, cuirassed bust right / KYΠAΡICCIEΩN, Athena standing left by altar, holding patera and spear, shield at her side. Mionnet Supp. IV, 20; BCD Peloponnesos 791.1.TextImage
JULIA DOMNA
Mionnet II, 32Julia Domna, AE assarion of Cyparissia, Messenia. AD 193-217. 4.10 g. IOYΛIA ΔOMNA CE, draped bust right / KYΠAΡICCIEΩN, Dionysus, wearing short chiton, standing left, holding kantharos and thyrsos. Mionnet II, 32; Bernhart 323.TextImage
CARACALLA
BCD Pelop. 795Caracalla, AE assarion of Kyparissia, Messenia. AD 198-217. 4.22 g. AY K MAΡ AYΡ ANTΩNINOC or similar, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / KYΠAΡICCIEΩN, Apollo standing front, looking left, holding laurel branch and a lyre set on a column. BCD Peloponnesos 795; Mionnet -; BMC -.TextImage
BMC 4Caracalla, AE assarion of Kyparissia, Messenia. AD 198-217. 4.79 g. M AY ANTΩN CE (or AY KAI MAΡ AY ANTΩN), laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / KYΠAΡICCIEΩN, Asklepios standing front, looking left, leaning on serpent-entwined staff. BMC 4; Mionnet Supp. IV, 26; BCD Peloponnesos 791.7.TextImage
Mionnet II, 33Caracalla, AE assarion of Kyparissia, Messenia. AD 198-217. 4.49 g. MAΡ AYΡ ANTΩNINOC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / KYΠAΡICCIEΩN, Dionysos, wearing short chiton, standing left, holding kantharos and sceptre. Mionnet II, 33; Bernhart 324; BCD -.TextImage
PLAUTILLA
BMC 5Plautilla, AE assarion of Cyparissia, Messenia. AD 202-205. 4.72 g. ..ΠΛAYTIΛΛA CEB, draped bust right / KYΠAΡICCIEΩN, Athena standing left, holding patera and spear. BMC 5; Mionnet Supp. IV, 28; BCD Peloponnesos 801.TextImage
GETA
Pausanias 4 varGeta, AE Assarion of Cyparissia, Messenia. AD 198-209. 4.34 g. ΛOY CE ΓETAC CEBA, bare-headed, draped, cuirassed bust right / KYΠAΡICCIEΩN, Poseidon standing left, holding dolphin on extended right hand, trident in left. Pausanias 4 var (Caracalla = Imhoof, Karlsruhe p. 17). Poss. unpublished reverse for Geta.TextImage

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