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Ancient Coinage of Syria, Seleukeia Pieria


Seleukeia in Pieria (Seleukeia ad Mare, modern day Cevlik) was founded in 300 BC north of the Orontes estuary in the Pieria. To overcome the heavy silting to the harbours, some emperors, e.g. Titus and Constantius II, ordered canals and tunnels to be dug. Many remains can still be seen today: Titus' tunnel, canal and bridge, a road of rock tombs, the old city walls and the 1st-5th century tombs at the Besikli Caves.

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CIVIC AND SEMI-AUTONOMOUS COINAGE
BMC 5Seleukeia Pieria. Syria. Municipal issue under Seleukos I, 312-280 BC. AE 22mm. Laureate head of Zeus right / ΣEΛEYKEΩN, thunderbolt; monogram below. SNGIs 38. TextImage
BMC 6Seleukeia Pieria, Syria. autonomous coinage of the Tetrapolis of Seleukeia (Antioch, Seleukeia, Laodikeia and Apameia). AE19. 149-147 BC. Laureate head of Zeus right / AΔEΛΦΩN ΔHMΩN above and below thunderbolt. Date ECR and monogram in field above, another monogram below, all within laurel wreath. BMC 6; Sear 5851.(1 example)
BMC 7Syria, Seleukis & Pieria. Seleukia Pieria. Circa 2nd Century BC. AE 21mm. Laureate head of Zeus right / ΣEΛEYKEΩN THΣ TΩN EM ΠIEΡIAI, winged thunderbolt; monogram & two pilei above, B & monogram below. SNG Cop 392. TextImage
BMC 13vSyria, Seleukeia. Circa 147-146 BC. AE 20mm. Laureate head of Zeus right / Thunderbolt; CEP above, BY and BΔ monograms below. TextImage
BMC 14Seleucia Pieria, Syria. 2nd. century BC. Head of Apollo right, quiver at neck / ΣEΛEYKEΩN THΣ TΩN EM ΠIEΡIAI to left and right of tripod altar. BMC 14.TextImage
BMC 17Seleukeia Pieria, Syria. AR Tetradrachm. Dated Year 9, 100-98 BC. 12.28 gm. Turreted and veiled head of Tyche right / ΣEΛEYKEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AYTONOMOY above and beneath filleted thunderbolt on cushion placed on throne, all within laurel wreath. Θ beneath throne, Θ at lower right. BMC 17; Hoover HGC 1382. .TextImage
BMC 18Seleukeia Pieria, Syria, AR tetradrachm. Dated Year 11, 99-98 BC. Turreted and veiled bust of Tyche right / ΣEΛEYKEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AYTONOMOY above and beneath thunderbolt on cushion placed on a stool, all within laurel wreath. Date AI between the legs, Γ at lower right. Hoover HGC 1382.7; BMC 18; Mionnet V, 861.TextImage
BMC 19Seleukeia Pieria. Syria. AR Tetradrachm. Dated year 12. 98-97 BC. Turreted and veiled head of Tyche right / ΣEΛEYKEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AYTONOMOY above and beneath filleted thunderbolt on cushion placed on throne, all within laurel wreath. BI beneath throne, G at lower right. BMC 19.TextImage
BMC 21Seleukeia Pieria. Syria. AR Tetradrachm. Dated year 13. 97-96 BC. Turreted and veiled head of Tyche right / ΣEΛEYKEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AYTONOMOY above and beneath filleted thunderbolt on cushion placed on throne, all within laurel wreath. ΓI beneath throne, ΔI monogram at lower right. BMC 21.TextImage
BMC 31Seleukeia Pieria. Syria. AE21. Magistrate C. Julius Commodus Orfitianus. Year 188 of the local era = 157 AD. EΠI KOMOΔOY EΠΡ, turreted and veiled bust of Tyche right, wearing turreted head-dress and veil, palm-branch behind head, border of dots / CEΛEYKEΩN THC IEΡAC KAI AUTONOMOY above and beneath thunderbolt, with fillet attached, on cushion placed on stool. TextImage
Callatay D29R1Seleukeia Pieria, Syria. AR Tetradrachm. Dated year 12, 97-96 BC. Turreted and veiled head of Tyche right / ΣEΛEYKEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AYTONOMOY above and beneath filleted thunderbolt on cushion placed on throne, all within laurel wreath. BI beneath throne, Δ at lower right. Callatay "Tétradrachmes Civiques" D29R1; cf Sear Greek 5887; BMC 19 var (letter right); Hoover 1382.8.TextImage
Hoover 1382.2Seleukeia Pieria, Syria. AR Tetradrachm. Year 5. 105-104 BC. Turreted and veiled bust of Tyche right / ΣEΛEYKEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AYTONOMOY above and beneath thunderbolt on cushion placed on a stool, all within laurel wreath. Date E between the legs, Γ at lower left. Hoover HGC 1382.2; Mionnet V, 857.TextImage
Hoover 1382.6, ASeleukeia Pieria, Syria. AR Tetradrachm. Dated year 10, 100-99 BC. Turreted and veiled head of Tyche right / ΣEΛEYKEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AYTONOMOY above and beneath filleted thunderbolt on cushion placed on throne, all within laurel wreath. I beneath throne, A at lower right. Hoover 1382.6.TextImage
Hoover 1382.6, ΘSeleukeia Pieria, Syria, AR tetradrachm. Dated Year 10, 100-99 BC. Turreted and veiled bust of Tyche right / ΣEΛEYKEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AYTONOMOY above and beneath thunderbolt on cushion placed on a stool, all within laurel wreath. Date I between the legs, Θ at lower right. Hoover HGC 1382.6; Mionnet V, 860.TextImage
Hoover 1382.8, EΔSeleukeia Pieria, Syria. AR Tetradrachm. Dated year 12, 98-97 BC. Turreted and veiled bust of Tyche right / ΣEΛEYKEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AYTONOMOY above and beneath thunderbolt on cushion placed on a stool, all within laurel wreath. Date BI between the legs, E on Δ monogram at lower right. Hoover HGC 1382.8; Mionnet V, 862.TextImage
Hoover 1382.9Seleukeia Pieria, Syria. AR Tetradrachm. Dated Year 13 = 97-96 BC. Turreted and veiled head of Tyche right / ΣEΛEYKEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AYTONOMOY above and beneath filleted thunderbolt on cushion placed on throne, all within laurel wreath. Date GI beneath throne, I to right. Callata˙ D38/R2 (this coin); Hoover 1382.9.TextImage
Mionnet 2Seleukeia Pieria, Syria. Year 165 (148/147 BC). AE 20mm. Jugate, laureate and bearded heads right (Antioch and Seleukia?) / AΔEΛΦΩN ΔHMΩN left, Tyche standing left, raising right hand and holding double cornucopiae in left; date EΞΡ in ex. Mionnet Supp. 8, 2. TextImage
Mionnet 844Seleukeia Pieria, Syria, AE 20mm, 6,92gr. EΠI KOMOΔOU ΠΡ, Turreted and veiled bust of Tyche left, palm branch behind head / CEΛEYKEΩN.. above and beneath thunderbolt, with fillet attached, on cushion placed on stool. Date below. BMC 31 var (Tyche right); Plant 2336; Mionnet V 844.TextImage
RPC 4327Seleukeia Pieria, Syria AE 19mm. Diademed head of Zeus right / Turreted head of Tyche right, within wreath. BMC 28. TextImage
RPC 4327vSeleukeia Pieria, Syria. AE 19mm. Diademed head of Zeus right / Turreted & veiled head of Tyche right. Lindgren I A2138A. TextImage
SNG Cop 392Seleukeia Pieria, Syria, Civic issue, circa 2nd Century BC. AE 21mm. Laureate head of Zeus right / Winged thunderbolt; monogram & two pilei above, B and MYHR monogram below; all within laurel wreath. BMC 7ff. TextImage
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SNG Cop 398Seleukeia Pieria, Syria. AR Tetradrachm. Dated Year 13, 96-95 BC. Turreted and veiled head of Tyche right / ΣEΛEYKEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AYTONOMOY above and beneath filleted thunderbolt on cushion placed on throne, ΓI beneath throne, XΔ monogram at lower right, all within laurel wreath. SNG Cop 398; SNG Lockett 3204-3205.TextImage
SNGIs 37Seleukeia Piereia, Syria, AE23mm. Civic issue from time of Seleukos I, 312-280 BC. Laureate head of Zeus right / Winged thunderbolt, MYHR monogram in circle below. WSM 896, SNG Copenhagen 388, SC -. TextImage
Sear 5887Seleukeia Piereia, Syria, After 109/108 B.C. AR Tetradrachm. Veiled and turreted bust of Tyche right / ΣEΛEYKEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AYTONOMOY above and beneath filleted thunderbolt on cushion placed on throne; date letter(s) beneath between the legs, issue letter or monogram at lower right, all within laurel-wreath. TextImage
Sear 5890Seleukeia Piereia, Syria, AE21. 2nd Century BC. Head of Zeus right / ΣEΛEYKEΩN above winged thunderbolt, MYHR monogram in circle below. BMC 1.TextImage
AUGUSTUS
RPC 4328Augustus AR Tetradrachm of Seleucia Piereia, Syria. Dated Year 114 = 6 AD. KAIΣAΡOΣ ΣEBAΣTOY, laureate head right / ΣEΛEYKEΩN THΣ IEΡAΣ KAI AYTONOMOY A-H, thunderbolt on throne, date IΔP below, all in wreath. BMC 32, SGI 112.TextObv*Rev
TIBERIUS
RPC 4330Tiberius AE26 (8 Chalkoi?) of Seleukia Pieria, Syria. 16/17 AD. Magistrate Q Caeculius Metellus Creticus Silanus. ΣEBAΣTOΣ ΣEBAΣTOV KAIΣAΡ, bare head right / EΠI ΣI-ΛANOV-ANTIO-ΞEΩN, four lines across field, Γ above, ZM below, all within laurel wreath. SGI 292, BMC 33-34.TextImage
TRAJAN
BMC 36cfTrajan AE 20mm of Seleukia Pieria, Syria. AVTOKΡ KAIC NEΡ TΡAIANOC AΡICT ΓEΡM ΔAK, laureate head right / CEΛEVKEΩN &Pi:EIEΡIAC, ZEYC-KACIOC in ex, sacred stone of Zeus Kasios in shrine. SNGCop 403.TextImage
BMC 40Trajan, AE25. Seleucia Pieria, Syria. AVTOK KAIC NEΡ TΡAIANOC AΡICT ΓEΡM ΔAK, laureate head right / CEΛEYKEΩN &Pi:EIEΡIAC around, ZEYC KACIOC below, sacred stone of Zeus Kasios with fillet attached, within shrine of four pillars supporting a pyramidal roof surmounted by an eagle, barred Epsilon at lower right. BMC 40; SNG Cop 404.TextImage
BMC 41Trajan AE 25mm of Seleucia Pieria. Laureate head right / Simulacrum of Zeus Kasios in tetrastyle shrine. TextImage
BMC 44Trajan AE 25mm of Seleukeia Pieria, Syria. Laureate head right / Sacred stone of Zeus Kasios in tetrastyle shrine, with pyramidal roof surmounted by eagle.TextImage
CARACALLA
Bellinger 76Caracalla AR Tetradrachm of Seleucia Pieria, Syria. Laureate head right / ΔEMARX EΞ YΠATOC, eagle standing facing on thunderbolt, head right with wreath in its beak.TextObv*Rev
BMC 51Caracalla and Julia Domna, AE22 of Seleucia, Syria. AVK M A ANTΩNINOC CE, Laureate head of Caracalla right / CEΛEYKIAK ΠIEΡIAC, Draped bust of Domna right, hair in bun behind.TextObv*Rev
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BMC 52cfCaracalla AE22 of Seleucia Pieria. Laureate, young bust right, wearing paludamentum & cuirass [Countermark GIC 719 - legionary?] / CEΛEYKEΩN ΠIEΡIAC, sacred stone of Zeus Kasios within tetrastyle temple, with eagle surmounting pediment. TextImage
BMC 53vCaracalla AE 17mm of Seleukia Pieria. Laureate head right / Thunderbolt, with fillet attached, resting upon cushion placed on stool. TextImage
SNG Cop 408Syria, Seleukis & Pieria. Seleukia Pieria. Caracalla AE 17mm. Laureate head right / Thunderbolt, with fillet attached, resting upon cushion placed on stool.TextImage
GETA
Lindgren 1215Geta AE 22mm of Seleukia Pieria, Syria. ΛOVKIC EΠTI ΓETAC..., Bare headed draped bust right / CEΛEYK-EΩN ΠIEΡ, sacred stone of Zeus Kasios in shrine.TextImage
ELAGABALUS
BMC 57vElagabalus AE25, Seleukia Pieria, Syria. AYT K M ANTWNICON, laureate, draped bust right / CELEVK..Stone of Zeus Kasios in four-columned temple, surmounted by eagle, dot and garlanded crescent in pediment. BMC 57V. TextImage
SNGCop 409cf Elagabalus AE 31mm of Seleuceia, Syria. ANTWNINOC AVT K ΔIMAP AV CE, radiate head left / CEΛEVKEWN, thunderbolt on pulvinar (draped couch). TextImage
MACRINUS
SGI 2955Macrinus AR Tetradrachm of Seleukia Pieria, Syria. AVT K M OP CE MAKPINOC CEB, laureate, draped & cuirassed bust right / DHMARC EX VPATOC, eagle standing standing on thunderbolt, head right, wreath in beak. Prieur 1190, Bellinger 77.TextImage
See also: Perseus Project database, coins of Seleukia
Entry for Syria, Seleukeia on the Digital Historia Numorum
Search for Seleucia in the British SNG Volumes' Database at the Fitzwilliam Museum

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