Ancient Coinage of Syria, Apameia


Apameia or Apamea ad Orontem or ad Axium; Syria, Seleucis and Pieria. Part of the Roman Empire after conquest by Pompey in 64 BC.
Not to be confused with Apamea, Phrygia or Apamea Bithynia.

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ALEXANDER I BALAS
Houghton 441 Alexander I Balas AE20 or 4 Chalkoi, civic issue, Apamea ad Orontem, dated year 163 = 150-149 BC. Diademed head of Alexander Balas right / AΠAMEΩN ΓXΡ, Zeus standing left holding Corinthian helmet and sceptre, ΩΔ monogram to left. Houghton 441, SNG Cop 276.TextImage
Houghton 443 Alexander I Balas AE 20mm. Apameia, Syria, civic issue, dated year 163 (150-149 BC). Diademed head of Alexander right / AΠAMEΩN, Zeus standing left with Corinthian helmet and sceptre; date ΓXΡ and NI monogram to left. Houghton CSE 443.TextImage
ANTIOCHOS VI
Houghton SNR71-68 Antiochos VI, Seleukid Kingdom, AR Drachm. Apameia mint, dated year 169 = 144-143 BC. Radiate head right / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY EΠIΦANOYΣ ΔIONYΣOY, Apollo seated left on omphalos, holding arrow and resting hand on bow set on ground, &Omega monogram below legs, symbol in outer field, date ΘXΡ in ex. TextImage
CIVIC AND SEMI-AUTONOMOUS COINAGE
BMC 1
Sear 5864
Apameia, Syria, AE16. Dated Seleucid Year 163 = 150-149 BC. Turreted head of Tyche right / AΠAMEΩN ΓXΡ, warrior standing left, head right, holding spear and shield. BMC 1; Mionnet V, 535. TextImage
BMC 4
Sear 5866
Apameia, Syria, AE 18mm. Dated Seleucid Year 239 = 74-73 BC. Wreathed and veiled head of Demeter right / AΠAMEΩN THΣ EIΡAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY ΣE, ear of grain between poppy heads, date ΘΛΣ below. BMC 4; Nurpetlian 3.2 (this coin). TextImage
BMC 5Apameia, Syria, AE, 8.33 gr. Seleukid era, dated Year 243 (70-69 BC). Laureate head of Zeus right / AΠAMEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY above and beneath elephant standing right. ΓMΣ in right field, MNA below. BMC 5; SNG Munich 792; Vienna GR21654; Sear 5867.TextImage
BMC 6Apameia, Syria. AE20, Dated local year 272, 41-40 BC. 7.32 g. Helmeted head of Athena right. / AΠAMEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY, Nike standing left, holding wreath and palm branch. Date BOΣ in left field. Sometimes with MH or AN below. BMC 6; Paris 933 (with MH); de Luynes 3457; SNG Hunterian 3129 (with AN); SNG Munich 799.TextImage
BMC 9Apameia, Syria. AE23. 30-29 BC. Dated local year 283. Head of Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy. / AΠAMEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY, thyrsos. Date ΓΠΣ downwards in left field, A-N across lower fields. BMC 9; Paris Y23879.241.TextImage
BMC 14Apameia, Syria, AE 22mm. Dated Pompeian Year 8 = 59-58 BC. Diademed head of Zeus right / AΠAMEΩN THΣ EIΡAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY KΛ, Elephant standing right, date H before. BMC 14; Lindgren I 2036.TextImage
BMC 15Apameia, Syria. AE21, semi-autonomous issue. 43-42 BC. 9.44 g. Dated local year 24. Helmeted head of Athena right. / AΠAMEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY, Nike standing left, holding wreath and palm branch. ΔK in left field, AN in exergue. BMC 15; Paris 963; SNG Glasgow 3128; SNG Munich 798.TextImage
Lindgren 1175Apameia, Syria AE 14mm. Seleucid Year 238 = 75-74 BC. Head of Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy / AΠAMEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY bunch of grapes on a stem. ΣE, in left field. Dates can be ZΛΣ (Lindgren III 1175); ΘΛΣ (Winterthur 5155; Lindgren I 2035) BΛΣ (ANS-1961.154.56). TextImage
Lindgren 2034Apameia, Syria, AE 17mm. Pompeian Year 16 = 51-50 BC. Turreted and veiled head of Tyche right / AΠAMEΩN THΣ EIΡAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY, Nike walking left, holding an untied wreath, date ςI in left field. AN below. Paris 960a and 961; Lindgren I 2034; SNG Munich 803-805; Ashmolean-Bouchier 1930; Ashmolean-Christ Church 2060.TextImage
Paris 929Apameia, Syria, AE22. Year SE 242 = 71-70 BC. Laureate head of Zeus right / AΠAMEΩN THΣ EIΡAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY KΛ, Elephant standing right, date BMΣ before, ΔI below. Paris 929; Berlin Fox 1873; ANS-1944.100.66123.TextImage
RPC 4335Apameia, Syria, AE20, Dated 40-39 BC. Bust of Athena right, wearing Corinthian helmet / AΠAMEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AYTONOMOY, Nike walking left, holding wreath and palm branch. Date B in left field, MH below. Paris 932b; Hoover HGC 9, 1423; RPC I 4335; Ashmolean-Milne 1923.TextImage
RPC 4336Apameia, Syria, AE21, Dated local year 3 (39-38 BC). Bust of Athena right, wearing Corinthian helmet / AΠAMEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AYTONOMOY, Nike walking left, holding wreath and palm branch. Date Γ in left field, EI in exergue. Paris 935; RPC I 4336; Hoover HGC 1423.TextImage
RPC 4337Apameia, Syria, AE20, Dated 38-37 BC. Bust of Athena right, wearing Corinthian helmet / AΠAMEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AYTONOMOY, Nike walking left, holding wreath and palm branch. Seleukid era date EOΣ in left field, MH in exergue. Paris 932c; HGC 9, 1424; RPC I 4337.TextImage
RPC 4338Apameia, Syria, AE 21mm. Seleucid Year 276 = 39-38 BC. Helmeted bust of Athena right / AΠAMAEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AYTONOMOY, Nike walking left with wreath, date ςOΣ to left, AN in exergue. Paris 938; RPC I 4338; Nurpetlian 49 (this coin). TextImage
RPC 4339Apameia ad Orontem, Syria, dated local year 277, 36-35 BC. Bust of Athena right, wearing Corinthian helmet / AΠAMEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AYTONOMOY, Nike walking left, holding wreath and palm branch. Seleukid era date ZOΣ in left field. RPC 4339 (this coin); Hoover HGC 1424.TextImage
RPC 4342Apameia, Syria. AE unit, 27-26 BC. Helmeted head of Athena right / AΠAMEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY to left and right of Nike walking left, holding wreath and palm. ςΠΣ downwards to left. RPC 4342; Hoover 1422; Paris 932f and 947-948; SNG Cop 299 (with AN below); SNG Hunterian 3133; Vienna GR21657.TextImage
RPC 4345, NOApameia, Syria, AE20, Dated local year 293 (20-19 BC). Bust of Athena right, wearing Corinthian helmet / AΠAMEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY, Nike walking left, holding wreath and palm branch. Date Γ9Σ, NO in exergue. RPC I 4345 var. Nurpetlian 88 (this coin).TextImage
RPC 4347Apameia, Syria, AE23mm. Year 283 = 30 BC. Head of Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy / AΠAMEΩN THΣ EIΡAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY, thyrsos, date ΓΠΣ in left field, MH below. BMC 8; Nurpetlian 61-73; SNG Fitz 9428; Ashmolean 1464; SNG Munich 796-797; Paris 943.TextImage
RPC 4351, ΔIApameia ad Orontem, Syria, AE25, dated local year 293, 20-19 BC. Head of Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy / AΠAMEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY, thyrsos. Date Γ9Σ in left field. Δ-I across lower fields. Nurpetlian 25 (this coin); RPC 4351 (Δ-I not listed); Hoover HGC 1425.TextImage
RPC 4351, XPApameia ad Orontem, Syria, AE25, dated local year 293, 20-19 BC. Head of Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy / AΠAMEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY, thyrsos. Date &Gamma9Σ in left field. X-P across lower fields. Nurpetlian 26 (this coin); RPC 4351 (X-R not listed); Hoover HGC 1425.TextImage
RPC 4352, XPApameia ad Orontem, Syria, AE25, dated local year 295, 18-17 BC. Head of Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy / AΠAMEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY, thyrsos. Date E9Σ in left field. X-P across lower fields. RPC 4352; Hoover HGC 1425.TextImage
RPC 4353, MAApameia ad Orontem, Syria, AE20, dated local year 304, 9-8 BC. Head of Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy / AΠAMEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY, thyrsos. Date ΔT in left field. M-A across lower fields. RPC 4353; BMC 13; SNG Cop 301; Paris 956.TextImage
RPC 4353, NOY
SG 5870
Apameia, Syria, Seleukeia and Pieria, Apameia, dated local era 304, 9-8 BC, AE22. Head of Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy / AΠAMEΩN THΣ EIΡAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY to left and right of thyrsos. Date ΔT in left field, NO-Y across lower fields. RPC 4353; Berlin 28321; Sear Greek 5870.TextImage
RPC 4354
Sear 5869
Apameia, Syria, AE22. Dated Year 303 = 1 AD. Head of Dionysus right, wreathed with ivy / AΠAMEΩN THΣ EIΡAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY, cornucopiae, date ΓT to left, MA below. BMC 11, RPC 4354; de Luynes 3458.TextImage
RPC 4364
Paris 944
Apameia, Syria. Year 282 (31-30 BC). AE 17mm. Turreted and veiled head of Tyche right / AΠAMEΩN THΣ EIΡAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY, Athena standing left, holding Nike and spear, shield at her side. Date BΠΣ in left field, AN below. RPC 4364 var (date); Paris 944; Nurpetlian 19 (this coin).TextImage
RPC 4369Apameia, Syria, AE 22mm. Seleukid Year 326 = AD 14-15 AD. Turreted and veiled head of Tyche right / AΠAMEΩN THΣ EIΡAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY, Athena standing left, holding shield, date ςKT in left field. SNG Hunterian 3149; Lindgren III 1178; University of Beirut 209. TextImage
RPC 4370Apameia, Syria, AE20, Dated 5-4 BC. 8.14 g. Head of Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy / AΠAMEΩN THΣ EIΡAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY, Demeter standing left, holding grain-ears and torch. HT in left field, MA or ME below. RPC 4370; Paris 958; SNG Cop 302; Lindgren III 1177; Uni Beirut 207-208; Vienna GR21662.TextImage
RPC 4371Apameia, Syria, AE19. Year 308 = 5-4 BC. Diademed head of Zeus right / AΠAMEΩN THΣ EIΡAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY, Tyche seated left on rocks, holding corn ears, date HT AN below. RPC 4371. TextImage
RPC 4377Apameia, Syria, AE18, struck under Claudius. Dated year 1 of his reign. AD 41. Head of Zeus right, hair bound in a taenia. / KΛAYΔIEΩN AΠAMEΩN, Nike walking left, holding wreath and palm branch. Date ETO A in left field. RPC I 4377; Paris 965a; Uni Beirut 210.TextImage
RPC 4378Apameia, Syria, AE19, struck under Claudius. Dated year 2 of his reign, AD 42. 6.13 g. Head of Zeus right, hair bound in a taenia. / KΛAYΔIEΩN AΠAMEΩN clockwise from lower left, Tyche seated left on rock, holding corn-ears, river god swimming left at foot left. ETO-B in lower left and upper centre fields. RPC I 4378; Paris 965; SNG Hunterian 3153; Utrecht GR1949.68.TextImage
TIBERIUS
RPC 4374Tiberius AE25 of Apameia, Syria. Dated local year 326 = AD 14-15. 9.93 g. No legend, laureate head right. / AΠAMEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY, Nike walking left, holding wreath and palm branch. ςKT in left field. RPC 4374 corr. (bare head).TextImage
CLAUDIUS
RPC 4376Claudius AE18 of Apameia, Syria. Year 1 of Claudius = 41 AD. Laureate head of Zeus right / KΛAYΔIEΩN AΠAMEWN ETO A, Nike walking left, holding wreath and palm branch. TextImage
Entry for Syria, Apameia on the Digital Historia Numorum
Search for Apamea in the British SNG Volumes' Database at the Fitzwilliam Museum

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