Ancient Coinage of Arados, Phoenicia


Arados, modern day Arwad, an island town, has been inhabited since the Early Bronze Age (3rd millennium BC). It has had many names over the centuries: Arpad, Arphad, Antiochia in Pieria, Aynook, Arvad, Jazirat and Arados.
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CITY AND SEMI-AUTONOMOUS COINAGE
BMC 7
Sear #5968
Arados, Phoenicia AR Tetrobol. 400-350 BC. Phoenician inscription ma, merman or marine deity with human torso and fish tail swimming right, holding dolphin by tail in each hand / Galley right, with row of shields along bulwark, hippocamp below, swimming right; all in incuse square. Grose 9443, Trait‚ II 808, BMC 7. (The hippocamp can have the head of a bird, a horse, or a horse with plume). TextImage
BMC 14Phoenicia - Aradus. 350-332 B.C. AR Stater 10.454 grams. Head of male deity, laureate right / Galley right over waves with Pataecus on prow. TextImage
BMC 19Arados, Phoenicia. 350-332 B.C. AR Stater. Head right of male deity, laureate; hair and whiskers dotted, eye full, pointed beard represented by lines, border of dots / Galley right over waves (3 wavy lines) with Pataecus on prow.Text
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BMC 21Arados, Phoenicia AR Stater. Early 4th Century BC. Wreathed and bearded head of Melkart right / Galley to right; eye on prow. SNG Cop 15. TextImage
BMC 36aArados, Phoenicia. Circa 400-350 BC. AR Stater. Laureate head of sea-god right / Galley to right above triple waves; figure-head on prow. TextImage
BMC 56Phoenica, Aradus AR Stater. Persic standard, 350-332 BC. Head right of male deity, laureate; hair and whiskers dotted, eye full, beard represented by lines, border of dots, countermark on cheek / galley right (oars not represented) with eye at prow, curved ornament and standard on poop deck, row of shields along bulwark, below, three wavy lines representing water, Pataecus on prow, all within shallow incuse. TextImage
BMC 66Arados, Phoenicia AR Stater. 4th century BC. Head of Melqart right. / Galley right, with figurehead of Pateikus. TextImage
BMC 67cfArados, Phoenicia AR Stater. Ca 350-332 BC. Laureate head right of bearded deity / Phoenician inscription ma and date (12 or higher), galley right with human figure on prow, line of waves below. TextImage
BMC 68Arados, Phoenicia. c350-332 BC. AR Stater. Year 15 (335 BC?). Laureate head of Melkart right / Galley right; three waves below, date above. TextImage
BMC 97Arados, Phoenicia AE14, Late 3rd Century BC onward. Bust of Tyche right / Prow left, Phoenician inscription below. TextImage
BMC 104ffArados, Phoenicia AE15. 2nd Century BC. Bearded head of Zeus right / triple-pointed ram of galley left, Phoenician inscription below. TextImage
BMC 114Arados, Phoenicia, 2nd C. BC. AE-17 mm, 3.52 gr. Head of Zeus right / Triple-pointed ram of galley left, Phoenician inscription resembling IsIP above, Phoenician date (100?) below. BMC 114.TextImage
BMC 123Arados, Phoenicia AE15. 2nd Century BC. Bust of Zeus right / triple-pointed ram of galley left, Phoenician inscription below. TextImage
BMC 148Arados, Phoenicia, AR Drachm. Dated year 89=171/0 BC. Bee with straight wings; PQ and MC monograms to left and right (date) / Stag standing right, palm tree in background.TextImage
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BMC 151Arados, Phoenicia, AR Drachm. Dated year 90 (170/169 BC). Bee; retrograde P to left, PE (date) across fields / Stag standing right, palm tree in background. TextImage
BMC 152Arados, Phoenicia. Year 91 (169/8 BC). AR Drachm (4.11 gm). Bee; PA monogram to left, RE to right / Stag standing right, palm tree in background.TextImage
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BMC 155Arados, Phoenicia AR Drachm. Dated 162/1 BC. Bee, date HY (year 98) and PN monogram on right / Stag standing right, palm tree in background. TextImage
BMC 157Arados, Phoenicia AR Drachm. Dated CY 98 (161/0 BC). Bee with straight wings; QU (date) to left, Z to right / AΡAΔIΩN, stag standing right, palm tree in background. BMC 157. TextImage
BMC 158Arados, Phoenicia, AR drachm, 171-170 BC. P-DI monogram to left and right of bee with straight wings / AΡAΔIΩN, Stag standing right, palm tree in background. BMC 158.TextImage
BMC 159Arados, Phoenicia, AR drachm, 158-157 BC, Local Year 102. PB-ANΠ monogram to left and right of bee / AΡAΔIΩN, Stag standing right, palm tree in background. BMC 159.TextImage
BMC 162Arados, Phoenicia AR Drachm. Dated CY 104 (156/5 BC). Bee with straight wings; PΔ (date) ΓΣ monogram to right / Stag standing right, palm tree in background. TextImage
BMC 173Arados, Phoenicia, 2nd-1st C. BC. AE-10 mm, 1.20 gr. Turreted head of Tyche right, palm-leaf behind / Aphlaston, Phoenician letters to left and right. BMC 173-176.TextImage
BMC 181Arados, Phoenicia AR Tetradrachm. Year 151=110/109 BC. Turreted and veiled bust of Tyche right / Nike walking left, holding aplastron and palm; date (ANP), Phoenician character, and AC in left field. TextImage
BMC 198Arados, Phoenicia, AR Tetradrachm. 119-118 BC. 15,19 g, 26 mm. Turreted and veiled bust of Tyche right / AΡAΔIΩN, Nike walking left, holding aplastron and palm; date AMR, Phoenician character, and QC in left field. BMC 198.TextImage
BMC 212Arados, Phoenicia. Year 164 = 96/5 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Turreted and draped bust of Tyche right / Nike advancing left, holding aphlastron and palm-branch, date ΔZP in left field, all within wreath. TextImage
BMC 216Arados, Phoenicia AR Tetradrachm. Dated year 166 (94/93 BC). Turreted, veiled and draped bust of Tyche right / Nike standing half-left, holding aplustre and palm, date ςΞΡ over ΓC in left field; all within wreath. TextImage
BMC 221Arados, Phoenicia AR Tetradrachm. Dated year 168=92/1 BC. Turreted bust of Tyche right / Nike standing left, holding aplustre and palm, AΡAΔΩN to right, date HΞP / Λ over ΔC to left. TextImage
BMC 229Arados, Phoenicia. AR Tetradrachm. Dated year 172=88/7 BC. Turreted and veiled bust of Tyche / AΡAΔIΩN, Nike standing left, holding aphlaston and palm branch; date BOP, Phoenician letters and MS to left; all within wreath. TextImage
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BMC 230Arados, Phoenicia, AR tetradrachm. 194 BC, Turreted head of Tyche right. / Nike standing left, in wreath. TextImage
BMC 264Arados, Phoenicia. 137-45 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Year 188 = 72/71 BC. Turreted, veiled and draped bust of Tyche right AΡAΔIΩN, Nike standing half-left, holding aplustre and palm; HPP (date), Phoenician letter 'q' and MS in left field; all within wreath. TextImage
BMC 269Arados, Phoenicia. 66/5 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Turreted head of Tyche right / Nike advancing left. TextImage
BMC 279cfArados, Phoenicia AR Tetradrachm. 63/2 BC. Turreted, veiled bust of Tyche right / Nike standing left, holding aphlaston and palm branch, in left field date ZQP (year 197) above Phoenician letter beth above ES, wreath border. TextImage
BMC 284Arados, Phoenicia. 137-45 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Dated year 198 (62/61 BC). Turreted, veiled and draped bust of Tyche right AΡAΔIΩN, Nike standing half-left, holding aplustre and palm; HPP (date; 2nd letter retrograde), Λ over EΣ in left field; all within wreath. TextImage
BMC 300Arados, Phoenicia. Circa 135-112 BC. AE, Bronze 21mm. Tyche / Poseidon on prow. TextImage
BMC 301 Arados, Phoenicia AE 21mm. Turreted head of Tyche right, palm branch over shoulder / Poseidon seated left on ship's prow, holding wreath and trident. TextImage
BMC 302Aradus, Phoenicia AE22. Year 128 = 132/131 BC. Bust of Tyche right wearing turreted crown / Poseidon, nude to waist, seated left on prow of galley left, holding wreath in extended right hand, left on trident; as figure-head, Athena left; below, Phoenician date (128) and inscription. TextImage
BMC 306Arados, Phoenicia AE19. 130/129 BC. Turreted Head of Tyche right / Poseidon left on prow of Galley left, Athena at left, Phoenician letters below. TextImage
BMC 309Aradus, Phoenicia. ca 135-112 BC. Bust of Tyche right, wearing turreted crown; palm behind / Poseidon, naked to waist, seated left on prow of galley, holding wreath in right hand and resting left on trident; as figure-head, Athena left, holding spear (or thunderbolt) and shield; Phoenician letters B and Q to left and right; date and letter in exergue. BMC 309.TextImage
BMC 325Arados, Phoenicia, AE20. 94-93 BC. Veiled bust of Astarte-Europa right, wearing stephane / Humped bull galloping left, head facing, BC over ΓC above, ΡΞC and Λ below. (year 166=94-93 BC). BMC 325.TextImage
BMC 330Arados, Phoenicia, AE20. 94-21 BC. Veiled bust of Astarte-Europa right, wearing stephane / Humped bull galloping left, head facing, ΦY monogram Ξ and CN above, ΡOΔ (Year 174 of the local era) over M and Phoenician letter Heth. BMC 330; Lindgren I, 2234.TextImage
BMC 332Arados, Phoenicia, AE22, Dated local year 175. Veiled bust of Astarte right, wearing stephane / KN PC POE M9 above and beneath humped bull leaping left, head facing. BMC 332; Rouvier 356; Babelon Achémides 1092; Mionnet V, 822.TextImage
BMC 343Arados, Phoenicia, AE23, Dated local year 214. 46-45 BC. Veiled bust of Astarte right, wearing stephane, sceptre behind shoulder / Δ and Phoenician script above, date CIΔ and AΣ below, humped bull leaping left, head facing, palm branch over its shoulder. BMC 343; Rouvier 368.TextImage
BMC 346Arados, Phoenicia. 136-51 BC. 2.74g; 17mm. Jugate heads of Zeus and Hera (Rouvier: "Poseidon and Amphitrite") right / Prow left surmounted by Athena standing left. Phoenician lettering above and date in Phoenician (year 123 of the local era) below. BMC 346; Sear Greek 6004; Rouvier 338.TextImage
De Luynes 3118Arados, Phoenicia, AR Diobol, ca. 138-09 BC. 1.19 g, dated year 149 of the local era: 111-1 BC. Head of Gorgoneion facing / Aphlaston; ΘMΡ (date) to left, Λ BC to right. De Luynes 3118; BMC -; SNG Cop -.TextImage
Mionnet 804Arados, Phoenicia AR Drachm. Dated year 43 (217/218 BC). Bee; date Γ to left, C on M to right / AΡAΔIΩN, stag standing right, palm tree in background. BMC :-; Mionnet 804. TextImage
Rouvier 121Arados, Phoenicia, AE, Late 3rd Century BC. Turreted head of Tyche right / Prow left, B-monogram above, Phoenician inscription below. BMC 97; Rouvier 121-125.TextImage
Rouvier 177Arados, Phoenicia, AE15 Hemichalkous, dated Year 115 (125 BC). Diademed head of Poseidon right / Stern or ram of galley, Phoenician letters CN and AΡ monogram above, Phoenician date 115 below. Rouvier 177.TextImage
Rouvier 186Aradus, Phoenicia, AE Hemichalkous, year 120 (140/139 BC). Bearded head of Poseidon right / Stern or ram of galley. Phoenician script 'n above, date year 120 below. Rouvier 186.TextImage
Rouvier 260Arados, Phoenicia AR Tetradrachm. Year 133 = 127/126 BC. Turreted and draped bust of Tyche right / AΡAΔIΩN, Nike advancing left carrying aphlaston and palm-branch, date ΓΛΡ over ς-ΘC in left field, all within wreath. Mionnet V, 770; Babelon (Perses..) 1046. TextImage
Rouvier 278Arados, Phoenicia AR Tetradrachm. Dated year 166 (94/93 BC). Turreted, veiled and draped bust of Tyche right / AΡAΔIΩN, Nike standing half-left, holding aplustre and palm, date ςXP and letters g/ΓC in left field; all within wreath. Rouvier 278; Mionnet V, 779. TextImage
Rouvier 282Arados, Phoenicia, AR Tetradrachm. 2nd-1st Century BC. Dated year 168=92/1 BC. Turreted bust of Tyche right / Nike standing left, holding aplustre and palm, HΞΡ (date), Phoenician letter G and ΔC in left field. SNG Cop 50; Rouvier 282; Mionnet V, 781. TextImage
Rouvier 347Arados, Phoenicia, AE20 Chalkous. 94-93 BC. 6.6 gr. Bust of Astarte-Europa right, wearing stephane and veil over back of head / Humped bull galloping left, head facing, ΓC above, date ΡΞς below. Rouvier 347; Duyrat 4422-4444.TextImage
RPC 2040Arados, Phoenicia. Civic Issue. 1st Century AD. AE 20mm (6.51 gm). Struck year 352 (93/94 AD). Turreted bust of Tyche right / Galley, on which Poseidon and Athena stand; BNT in ex. TextImage
RPC 4474Arados, Phoenicia. AE25, dated Year 235 (24-23 BC). Veiled bust of Tyche right / MS above, CLE below, bull leaping left. RPC 4474. TextImage
SNG Cop 36cfArados, Phoenicia, AE15, (2.57g) 2nd century BC, diademed head of Poseidon right / Stern or ram of galley, unclear date below. TextImage
SNGCop 58cfArados, Phoenicia AE21. ca 137-46 BC. Turreted bust of Tyche right, palm branch behind / AΡAΔIΩN, Nike standing half-left, holding aplustre and palm; date and control letters in left field. TextImage
SNGCop 64Phoenicia Arados AE24. 2nd Century BC. Turreted head of Tyche right / Poseidon on prow of galley left. TextImage
SNGCop 71Arados, Phoenicia. Year 166 (94/93 BC). AE 20mm. Head of Astarte right, wearing stephane / Hump-backed bull leaping left; date and monograms in fields. TextImage
Sear #5968Arados, Phoenicia AR Tetrobol. 400-350 BC. Phoenician inscription ma, merman or marine deity with human torso and fish tail swimming right, holding dolphin by tail in each hand / Galley right, with row of shields along bulwark, hippocamp below, swimming right; all in incuse square. Grose 9443, Trait‚ II 808, BMC 7.
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Sear #5971Arados, Phoenicia, AR Stater. Head of Melkart right / Galley right, waves below. BMC 56.
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Sear #5972Arados, Phoenicia, AR Tetrobol or 1/3 Stater. 400-350 BC. Head of bearded deity right / Phoenician inscription, galley right, waves below.
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Sear #5973Arados, Phoenicia, AR 1/12 stater. 400-350 BC. Head of Melkart right / Galley right, waves below.
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Sear #5977Arados, Phoenicia AR Stater. 350-332 BC. Head of Melkart right / galley right, waves below.TextObvRev
Sear #5980Arados, Phoenicia, AR 1/12 stater = Obol. c 340 BC. Head of Melkart right / Two Phoenician letters, galley right, waves below.
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Sear #5983Arados, Phoenicia, AR Hemidrachm. Veiled and turreted bust of Tyche right, palm branch behind / Prow left. TextObvRev
Sear #5986Arados, Phoenicia AR Tetrobol. 233 BC. Laureate head of Zeus right / prow of galley with statue of fighting Athena Promachos to left, AP above.TextImage
Sear #5991Arados, Phoenicia, AR Tetradrachm. Turreted head of Tyche / Nike standing left.
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Sear #5992Arados, Phoenicia, AR Tetradrachm. Turreted head of Tyche / Nike standing left.
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Sear #5999Arados, Phoenicia, AE19. Late 3rd century BC. Turreted head of Tyche right / AR monogram, Prow left, Phoenician date.
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Sear #6000Arados, Phoenicia AE18. ca 3rd Century BC. Turreted head of Tyche right / prow of galley left, Phoenician letters above. SNGCop 28cf, BMC 111cf.TextImage
Sear #6001Arados, Phoenicia AE16. 2nd century BC. Diademed head of Zeus right / prow of galley left, Phoenician inscriptions above and below.
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Sear #6002Arados, Phoenicia AE20. Second century BC. Turreted bust of Tyche right / Poseidon on prow of ship sailing left, holding wreath and trident; phoenician letters above, phoenician numerals beneath.
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Sear #6004Arados, Phoenicia, AE17. Conjoined heads of Zeus and Hera right / prow of galley right with figurehead of Athena.
( 3 entries)
MARC ANTONY
RPC 4467Mark Antony AE21 of Aradus, Phoenicia. 36-35 BC. 7.98 g. Dated Local year 224. No legend, bare head right / Bull leaping left, date CKΔ above, MH below. RPC I 4467; Babelon 383 var (date).TextImage
AUGUSTUS
RPC 4482Augustus AE22 of Arados, Phoenicia, dated 8/7 BC, Veiled head of Tyche right, small head of Augustus before, facing right. / Zebu galloping left, Kof and MA above.TextImage
NERO
RPC 4492cfAradus, Phoenicia. Nero, AE22. 66 AD. No legend. Bust of Astarte-Europa right, wearing stephane and veil, to right: smaller head of Nero right / Rev: Year mark TKE (325 of the local era) above, ARADIWN below bull (zebu) galloping left, Phoenician letter kof to left. cf RPC 4492 (date below).TextImage
DOMITIAN
RPC 2041Domitian. AE22.50 mm of Arados, Phoenicia. 93-94 AD. ΔOMITIANOC KAICAΡ CEBACTOC.., laureate head right / Poseidon, wearing himation, seated left on rudder, holding cornucopiae in left hand. Date BNT (= Year 352 of the local era) above left, city name AΡAΔIΩN in exergue. RPC II 2041; Rouvier 395; Mionnet Supp, 411. TextImage
TRAJAN
BMC 374Trajan AE 23mm of Arados, Phoenicia. Bust of Astarte-Europa right, bust of Trajan before, right / Bull left; date EOT (116-117 AD). Rouvier 407; Babelon 1163; TextImage
BMC 375Trajan AE25 of Arados, Phoenicia. Dated AD 116/7. Bust of Astarte-Europa right, in stephane and veil falling from chignon, smaller laureate head of Trajan right in front / Bull running left, date EOT (year 375) above, Phoenician letter on left. SNG Cop 81. TextImage
MARCUS AURELIUS
BMC 379Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, AE22 Dichalkon of Aradus, Phoenicia. AD 161-169. 10.18 g. Dated local year 421 = AD 162-163. ANTΩNINOC KAI OYHΡOC CEBAΣTOI, laureate head of Marcus Aurelius facing laureate head of Lucius Verus / AΡAΔIΩN beneath humped bull running left, date AKY above, Epsilon in right field. BMC 379; Rouvier 410; Babelon Perses Achém. 1161.TextImage
BMC 380Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus AE 23mm of Arados, Phoenicia. Year 421 = 162/163 AD. ANTΩNINOC KAI OYHΡOC CEBACTOI, confronted busts / AKY AΡAΔIΩN, Tyche seated left on rudder, gesturing and holding cornucopiae, E to left. Rouvier cf 411 ("Poseidon"). TextImage
BMC 380Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus AE 24mm of Arados, Phoenicia. Dated CY 421 (162/3 AD). Confronted laureate and draped busts of Aurelius and Verus / AΡAΔIΩN beneath Tyche Soterios (Fortuna Redux) seated left on rudder; date above E to left. SNG Cop 82. TextImage
COMMODUS
SNGFitz 6019Commodus AE26 Dichalkon of Aradus, Phoenicia. AYT KAI M AYΡ ANT KOM.., Laureate head right / Date to left, AΡAΔI (below) Ω-N (upper left and right), Tyche standing facing, looking left, extending right hand and holding cornucopiae in left, between two cippi (columns) each surmounted by a small figure of Nike. Rouvier 414; Babelon 1471; Mionnet V, 855. Γ in centre left.TextObvRev
MACRINUS
SGI 2959Macrinus AR Tetradrachm of Arados, Phoenicia. AVT KAI M OΠ CE MAKPEINOC CE, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / ΔHMAΡX EΞ YΠATOC A, eagle standing facing, head right, wreath in its beak, head of humped bull between its legs. Bellinger 238.TextImage
ELAGABALUS
BMC 383Elagabalus, AE28 Dichalkis of Arados. 218-219 AD. AVT K M AVΡ ANTΩNINOC, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right / AΡAΔIΩN, cypress tree standing between bull right and lion left; behind the bull a standard surmounted by hand; star above the lion and vexilium behind the lion. ETOYC in exergue. TextImage
GORDIAN III
BMC 387Gordian III AE 29mm of Arados, Phoenicia. Year 498 (239/240 AD). AVTOK K M ANT ΓOΡΔIANOC, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right / Tall vase or amphora without handles, flanked by two palm branches between two sphinxes; each wearing a modius, seated left and right with their backs to it. Lindgren I 2242; Rouvier 420; Babelon (Perses..) 1477. TextImage
See alsoBy far the best and most comprehensive work on the coins of Arados is the Rouvier volume, in French, available to download from Thijs's pages on scribd

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