Ancient Coinage of Samaria, Sebaste


[SNG ANS 1075 of Commodus. This statue of Kore was found in Sebaste and is now on display at the Rockefeller Museum, Jerusalem]

Sebaste, an inland town in the Nablus Mountains of Samaria

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Hendin 802Samaria, Sebaste AE24. Legion X Fretensis countermarks, on undertype of Domitian(?) from Antioch. Head right [oval countermark of Nerva(?) right] / large SC in wreath [rectangular countermarks: boar right, LXF above; galley right]. Howgego 117, 291 and 420. SNG ANS 1069v. TextImage
DOMITIAN
RPC 2226Domitian, AE29 of Sebaste, Samaria. Dated year 109 (= AD 81-82). 16.67 g. Laureate head right, countermark "LXF" (= Legio X Fretensis, Howgego 733) within rectangular incuse. / Tyche standing left, resting right foot on uncertain object, holding globe and sceptre, date L TP at upper left. RPC II 2226; Rosenberger 4; Sofaer 1; SNG ANS 1068.TextImage
RPC 2228Domitian, AE21 of Sebaste, Samaria. 6.23 g. Dated local year 109, AD 81-82. IMP DOMITIANVS CAESAR, Laureate head right. / CEBACTHNωN, emperor standing facing, looking left, holding parazonium and spear; date LQR in upper left field. RPC 2228; Rosenberger 8-9; SNG ANS 1073-1074.TextImage
RPC 2229Domitian, AE11 of Samaria, Sebaste. AD 81-96. 1.35 g. IMP DOMI CAES.., Laureate head right / CEBACTHNΩN, Crested helmet with cheek pieces. RPC II 2229; BMC 6; Rosenberger 10.TextImage
RPC 2230Domitian. AE10 of Sebaste, Samaria. AD 81-96. IMP DOMIT CAESAR, laureate head right. / CEBACTHNωN, sword. RPC 2230; Rosenberger 11; Sofaer 12.TextImage
COMMODUS
Hendin 905Commodus, AE30 of Sebaste, Samaria, Syria. AD 177-192. 13.8 g. Dated local year 215 = AD 190-191. IMP CAI AVG COMMO or similar, laureate and cuirassed bust right / CEBACTHNEN CYΡ CIE or similar, tetrastyle temple with Tyche, turreted, standing left within, foot on a small figure, holding small bust and sceptre. Rosenberger 14; Hendin 905; Samuels 222 (this coin).TextImage
Prowe 2603Commodus, AE34 of Sebaste, Samaria, Syria. AD 190-191. 23.44 g. IMP C M AV COM ANT, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / CEBACTHNΩN CYΡ L CIC, Hades in galloping quadriga right, carrying off the struggling Persephone, Eros flying right above, overturned basket of flowers behind the wheel. Berlin 1914-714; Prowe III, 2603 (as Ant. Pius in error)TextImage
SNG ANS 1075Commodus AE 27mm of Sebaste, Samaria. Dated CY 215 = AD 190-191. IMP C M AV COMM, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / CEBACTHNΩN CVΡ, date LC-IE across, Kore or Demeter standing right, holding torch and grain ears. SNG ANS 1075; BMC 8; Rosenberger 13.TextImage
SNG ANS 1077Commodus AE 22mm of Sebaste, Samaria. Dated CY 216 = AD 191-192. IMP C M AV COM ANT AV, laureate head right / CEBACTHNΩN CVΡ, date LC-IS across, Ares walking right, holding spear and shield. Rosenberger 15; SNG ANS 1077.TextImage
SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS
CNG 69,1260Septimius Severus AE 34mm of Sebaste, Samaria. Dated CY 226 = AD 201-202. IMP C L CEPT CEV PERT AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / CEBACTHNwN CYP, Hades carrying off Persephone in his chariot, Eros flying above; date above.TextImage
JULIA DOMNA
Hecht 27Julia Domna, AE25 of Sebaste, Samaria. 14.22 g. Dated AD 201. IVLIA DOMNA AVG (Latin legend), draped bust right / CEBACTH CYΡ (Greek legend), Demeter standing right, kalathos on head, holding long torch and corn-ears, tall modius behind her. Date LCK ς across fields. Hecht 27 in Num. Chron. 1968.TextImage
Meshorer 119Julia Domna, AE23 of Sebaste, Samaria. 10 g. Undated. IVLIA DOMNA AVG, draped bust right. / COL L SE SEBASTE, Demeter standing right, kalathos on head, holding corn-ears and long torch, cista mystica behind her. Meshorer 119; SNG ANS 11080.TextImage
CARACALLA
Rosenberger 20Sebaste, Samaria. Caracalla. AD 198-217. AE27, 15.18 g. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / Founder plowing right with ox and cow; above, Nike flying left, crowning him. Rosenberger 20.TextImage
GETA
Mionnet 167Geta, AE20 of Sebaste, Syria. P SEP GETA, bare-headed, draped, and cuirassed bust right / COL L S SEBASTE, emperor, togate, standing left, holding patera over altar, and cornucopiae. Mionnet V 167; BMC -; ANS -.TextImage
Rosenberger 24Geta, AE21 of Sebaste, Samaria. 8.89 g. AD 198-209. Dated local year 226, AD 201-202. L S GET C AVG PIIF, bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right. / CEBACTH CYP L CKS, Ares standing right, holding spear and parazonium, small shield at foot. Rosenberger 24; Sofaer pl. 63,25; Kubitschek 4d.TextImage
ELAGABALUS
Mionnet V, 166Elagabalus AE24 of Sebaste, Samaria. 10.62 g. AD 218-222. IM K M AVR (ANTONINVS AVG), laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. / COL L SEP SEBASTE, Hades in galloping quadriga right, carrying off the struggling Persephone, Eros flying right above. Mionnet V, 166 ("Caracalla"); Meshorer 120; Rosenberger 27.TextImage
Rosenberger 27Elagabalus AE21 of Samaria, Sebaste. Laureate, draped bust right / CEBACT above, (...) below, Hades driving galloping quadriga right, restraining a struggling Kore/Persephone; Eros flying right above the horses, uncertain object (pomegranate?) below. BMC-, Meshorer 120. TextImage
Rosenberger 29Elagabalus AE of Samaria, Sebaste. 7.51 g, AD 218-222. Laureate head of Elagabalus right. / COL C SE SEBASTE, Demeter standing right, holding torch and grain ears, cista mystica at foot left. Rosenberger 29.TextImage
JULIA MAESA
BMC 15Julia Maesa, AE of Sebaste, Samaria. AD 218-222. 9.74 g. (from top right) MAESA AVGVSTA, draped bust right. / COL L SEP SEBASTE, tetrastyle temple with Zeus seated front within, with Athena and Juno standing at his sides. Wreath in pediment. BMC 15; SNG ANS 1083.TextImage
BMC 16Julia Maesa AE20 of Sebaste, Samaria. AD. 218-225. 10.84 g. (from top right) MAESA AVGVSTA, draped bust right. / COL L S SEBASTE, Hades in galloping quadriga right, carrying off the struggling Persephone, Eros flying right above, overturned basket or cista mystica beneath the horses. BMC 16; Rosenberger 30; Sofaer 34; Mionnet V, 114.TextImage
AQUILIA SEVERA
BMC 19Aquilia Severa AE 18 of Samaria, Sebaste. AVGVSTA SEVERA. draped bust right / COL L SEBAE..., sphinx crouching left, right paw on wheel; radiate head (of Helios or Tyche?) facing left above. BMC 19; Rosenberger 38.TextImage
See also: Entry for sebaste on the Digital Historia Numorum
Search for Sebaste in the British SNG Volumes' Database at the Fitzwilliam Museum

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