Ancient Coinage of Troas, Skepsis


Babelon, in Traité II-2, and Wroth in BMC Troas, suggest that the retrograde NE on some coins of Skepsis refers to an alliance with the neighbouring town of Neandrea.

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CITY AND SEMI-AUTONOMOUS COINAGE
BMC 3Skepsis. Troas AR Diobol. ca 450 BC. ΣKAΨION, Forepart of Pegasos right / Tree; E-N (retrograde); all within incuse square. Traité 3.TextImage
BMC 4Skepsis, Troas. AR Drachm, 460-400 BC. 15mm, 3.72g g. ΣKHΨION, forepart of winged horse leaping right / Fir tree, N at lower left, all within linear and dotted border. BMC 4; Dewing 2223.TextImage
BMC 5Skepsis, Troas. AR Drachm, 480-450 BC. 15mm, 3.83g g. ΣKHΨION, forepart of winged horse leaping right / Fir tree with two bunches of grapes, all within linear and dotted border. BMC 5; SNG von Aulock 1575; Jameson 2233; Weber 5428; Boston 1636; Warren 1049.TextImage
BMC 10Skepsis, Troas. AE12, 350-310 BC. 2.18g. Forepart of winged horse leaping left / Fir tree, Σ-KH across lower fields, all within linear and dotted border. BMC 10-11; SNG Tuebingen 2663.TextImage
BMC 21 varSkepsis, Troas. AE17, 400-300 BC. 3.39g. Forepart of winged horse leaping right / Fir tree, Σ-K across lower fields, all within linear and dotted border, upright corn-ear in outer left field. Var of BMC 21; SNG Tuebingen 2673 (this symbol, but both with S-KH on rev).TextImage
BMC 24Skepsis, Troas, AE, 4th c. BC. 0.86 g. Bearded, archaic head of Dionysos right, wearing low kalathos and ivy wreath / Σ-K, bunch of grapes and thyrsos. BMC 24.TextImage
BMC 26Skepsis, Troas, AE, AD 190-230. 2.87 g. ΣKHΨIΩN, bearded, draped bust of Dionysos right, holding kantharos and pomegranate / ΣKHΨIΩN ΔAΡ, Horseman galloping right, brandishing spear. BMC 26; SNG Cop 489; SNG von Aulock 1580.TextImage
CNG 67, 652Skepsis, Troas. AR Obol, ca 450 BC. 0.65 g. Alliance with Neandrea. ΣKH, forepart of free horse right / Bunch of grapes, N at lower left, all within linear and dotted border. Unpublished. CNG 67, 652.TextImage
CNG 287, 141Skepsis, Troas. AR diobol or triobol, 350-400 BC. 10mm, 1.61g. Forepart of winged horse leaping left / Fir tree, Σ-K across lower fields, all within linear and dotted border. Apparently unpublished in this denomination. CNG 287, 141.TextImage
GN 10, 189Skepsis, Troas. AR Hemiobol, Ca 400-310 BC. 8mm, 0.3 g. ΣKHΨION, horse's head right with line of dots at the truncation / E-N (retrograde), Fir tree within linear and dotted border. BMC 2 var (forepart of horse); Traité II-2 2348 var (ditto). Apparently unpublished obverse. Gitbud & Naumann, 10, 189.TextImage
McClean 7854Skepsis. Troas, AE 11. 4th Century BC. Forepart of Pegasus in the form of a rhyton / Σ-K, Fir tree.TextImage
SNG Cop 470Skepsis, Troas. AR Drachm, Ca 460-400 BC. 15mm, 3.09 g. ΣKHΨIWN (anti-clockwise), forepart of Pegasos right / Fir tree within linear and dotted border. SNG Copenhagen 470. Different obv. legend breaks.Text
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SNG Cop 473Skepsis, Troas. AE15, 350-310 BC. 15mm, 4.43g g. Forepart of winged horse leaping right / Fir tree, Σ-K across lower fields, all within linear and dotted border, thunderbolt in outer left field, H in outer right field. SNG Cop. 473.TextImage
SNG Cop 477Skepsis. Troas. Circa 4th Century BC. AE 11mm (1.28 gm). Forepart of Pegasos left, cornucopiae on its back / Σ-K, fir tree in square. TextImage
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SNG vA 7643Skepsis, Troas. AR Drachm, Ca 460-400 BC. 15mm, 3.55 g. ΣKHΨION (anti-clockwise), forepart of Pegasos right / Fir tree within linear and dotted border. SNG von Aulock 7643.TextImage
Sear #4136Skepsis. Troas AE11. 4th Century BC. Forepart of winged horse left / Σ-K, fir tree within linear square. BMC 14-15; SNG Cop 477; SNG Munich 477. TextImage
VESPASIAN
RPC 903Vespasian, AE16 of Skepsis, Troas. AD 69-79. 2.57 gr. ΣEBAΣTOΣ, Laureate head right / ΣKHY, Horned bust of Pan or Dionysos facing, hands raised. RPC 903; SNG von Aulock 7655; Imhoof KM 6; Lindgren III 315.TextImage
MARCUS AURELIUS
Winterthur 2787Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, AE19 of Skepsis, Troas. AD 161-168. ...ANTωNEI... Laureate head of Marcus Aurelius left facing laureate head of Lucius Verus right / CKHΨIΩN, emperor on horseback galloping right, wielding spear. Winterthur 2787 (as Ant. Pius and M. Aurelius); RPC IV online 2462.TextImage
SEVERUS ALEXANDER
Weber 5436Severus Alexander, AE28 of Skepsis, Troas. AD 222-235. 8.48 g. AV K M AV CE AΛEXANΔΡOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / ΣKHΨIΩN ΔAΡΔA, Dionysos, naked, standing right, looking left, holding kantharos and thyrsos; panther behind him at foot left. Weber 5436; Bernhard 48 (but omitting panther in error); SNG von Aulock 7661.TextImage
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