Ancient Coinage of Messenia, Mothone


Mothone (Meothone, Modon) was a town on a rocky islet at the SW tip of the Messenian peninsula. Ancient blocks, part of the foundation of the bridge which provides the only approach from the land side, are still visible. An acropolis was 2 km to the east.

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CITY AND SEMI-AUTONOMOUS COINAGE
SNG Cop 537Mothone, Messenia. AE19 Dichalkon, late 4th c. BC. Hephaestus running right, holding torch / MO within shallow, circular incuse. Imhoof Monnaies Grecques 79; SNG Cop 537.TextImage
SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS
BMC 1Septimius Severus, AE Assarion of Mothone, Messenia. 4.78 g. ΛOY CEYHΡOC ΠE, laureate head right / MOΘΩNAIΩN, Tyche Soterios standing left, holding rudder and cornucopiae. BMC 1; BCD 804 (this coin).TextImage
JULIA DOMNA
BCD 806Julia Domna, AE20 of Mothone, Messenia. 3.55 g. IOYΛIA ΔOMNA CE, draped bust right / MOΘΩNAIΩN, Athena standing left, holding patera and spear. BCD 806; BMC 2; Mionnet II, 34.TextImage
BCD 807Julia Domna, AE21 Assarion of Mothone, Messenia. 3.34 g. IOYΛIA ΔOMNA CE, draped bust right / MOΘΩNAIΩN, Aphrodite standing right, holding long staff and apple. BCD 807; Mabbott II 957.TextImage
CARACALLA
BCD 808Caracalla, AE22, Assarion of Mothone, Messenia. AD 198-217. 5.43 g. M AYΡH ANTΩNINOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / MOΘΩNAIΩN, Athena standing right, holding patera and sceptre. BCD 808.TextImage
BCD 809Caracalla, AE21 Assarion of Mothone, Messenia. 5.25 g. K MAΡ AV ANTΩNINOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / MOΘΩNAIΩN, The harbour of Mothone, as a semicircular colonnaded wharf with a statue within a square distyle building at each end, statue of Tyche left in the centre of the harbour and galley left with rowers to left at the harbour entrance. BCD 809; Price & Trell 208, fig. 484.TextImage
Chaix 298Caracalla, AE Assarion of Mothone, Messenia. AD 198-217. 3.37 g. M AYΡH ANTΩNINOC, laureate, draped bust right / MOΘΩNAIΩN, Athena standing left, holding patera and sceptre. Chaix ("1100 monnaies..") 298.TextImage
PLAUTILLA
BCD Pelop. 811[3]Plautilla, AE Assarion of Mothone, Messenia. 4.20 g. ΦOVΛB ΠΛAVTIΛΛA, draped bust right / MOΘΩNAIΩN, Tyche standing left, holding rudder and cornucopiae. BCD Peloponnesos 811.3.TextImage
BMC 4Plautilla, AE Assarion of Mothone, Messenia. 4.96 gr. AD 202-205. ΦOYΛB ΠΛAYTIΛΛA, draped bust right / MOΘΩNAIΩN, Uncertain female (Kore?) standing right, extending hands before her. BMC 4; BCD Peloponnesos 810; Dura 2143.TextImage
BMC 5Plautilla, AE Assarion of Mothone, Messenia. AD 202-205. ΦOYΛB ΠΛAYTIΛΛA, draped bust right / MOΘΩNAIΩN, Athena standing left, holding patera and spear. BCD 811; BMC 5.TextImage
GETA
BCD 813Geta, AE21 Assarion of Mothone, Messenia. 4.01 g. Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right / MOΘΩNAIΩN, Tyche standing left, holding rudder and cornucopiae. BCD 813 (this coin).TextImage
BCD Pelop. 813[3]Geta, AE21 Assarion of Mothone, Messenia. 5.14 g. ΛOV CEΠ ΓETAN KAI, bare-headed, draped, cuirassed bust right / MOΘΩNAIΩN, Asklepios standing front, looking left, holding patera and resting on serpent-entwined staff. BCD Pelop. 813.3; Mabbott I, 958; Mionnet Supp IV, 37.TextImage
BMC 6Geta, AE Assarion of Mothone, Messenia. 4.37 g. ΛOV CEΠ ΓETAC KAI, bare-headed, draped, cuirassed bust right / MOΘΩNAIΩN, Athena standing left, holding patera and sceptre. BMC 6; BCD Pelop. 813.1.TextImage

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