Ancient Coinage of Phrygia, Hydrela

The location of Hydrela is still uncertain but evidence suggests that it was on the upper Maeander, near the borders of Phrygia and Caria. Ramsay placed it on the left bank of the Maeander, opposite Tripolis.

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BMC 1Hydrela, Phrygia, AE12, 1st Century BC. Bust of Artemis right wearing stephane, with bow and quiver at shoulder / YΔΡHΛITΩN, Men standing left with Phrygian cap, right hand extended, crescent at shoulders. BMC 1; von Aulock, Phrygien 310; Lane, Men 1.TextImage
BMC 2vHydrela, Phrygia, AE20, 4.7 gr. Time of Caracalla. IEΡA BOYΛH, veiled and draped bust of Boule right / YΔΡHΛITΩN, Apollo Kitharistes standing front, holding plectrum in lowered right hand and lyre on left arm, laurel-tree to right. BMC 2 var (Demos on obv.); Aulock Phrygien 1, 317 var (ditto). Possibly unpublished.TextImage
von Aulock 311Hydrela, Phrygia, AE23, Time of Hadrian, 117-138 AD. ΔHMOC YΔΡHΛEITΩN, Youthful bust of Demos right / AΠEΛΛAC AΘHNAΓOΡOY ANEΘHKE, Dionysos standing left, resting left arm on column, holding kantharos in right; panther at foot below left. von Aulock, Phrygien 311; Waddington 2432; Kurth, Demos 345.TextImage
SNGvA 3674Hydrela, Phrygia, AE20, ca 133-100 BC. 6.40g. Draped bust of Artemis right with bow and quiver at shoulder / YΔΡH-ΛITΩN above and beneath Men, wearing Phrygian hat, on horseback right. Countermark: PARC monogram within circle. von Aulock, Phrygiens I, 308; SNG von Aulock 3674.TextImage
RPC III 2360Hadrian, AE25 of Hydrela, Phrygia. Magistrate Apellas Athenagorou. AΔΡIANOC OΛYMΠIOC, laureate head right. / AΠEΛΛAC AΘHNAΓOΡOY YΔΡHΛEITΩN, MÍn on horseback riding right, holding trident (usually a bipennis) over left shoulder. RPC III 2360.TextImage
von Aulock 323cfSabina, AE20 of Hydrela, Phrygia, 117-138 AD. 5.39 gr. ..CABEINA CEB, draped bust right / AΠEΛΛAC AΘHNAΓOΡOY ANEΘHKE YΔΡHΛEITΩN, Fortuna standing left, hand on rudder, holding wand and cornucopiae. Unpublished. Cf Aulock Phrygia I 323 for magistrate.TextImage

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