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The Ancient Coinage of Chersonese

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Including additional items for this online edition, with numbers in italics.

THRACIAN CHERSONESOS

(circa 480 – 350 B.C.)
Peninsula close to the straits of the Dardanelles.
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Autonomous coins. Silver.

5443 Lion’s head left. Rev. : Concave square devided equally into 4 parts, and in one of the parts – dot. 6 mm. 0.17 gr .
5444 Front part of a lion, right. Rev. : Concave square devided into 4 parts. 18 mm.
5445 Athena’s head, right. Rev. : Lion standing right with head turned; left foreleg raised. 25 mm. Plate LII 18.
Thrace, Chersonesos, Miltiades II AR Tetradrachm. Circa 495-494 BC. Lion standing right, head left, raising left forepaw, tail curled above / Head of Athena left, in crested Attic helmet & earring, within incuse square.
Please see The Wildwinds Cherronesus pagefor examples of many different variations of the following type:
5446 Front part of a lion, right, head turned. Rev. : Concave surface divided into 4 parts, of which 2 lowered and 2 raised; in the lowered parts can be (amongst others): dots, leaf, lizard, monogram, star, flower, eagle’s head, corn-ear, cup, bunch of grapes, bee, fish, dolphin, club, acorn, palm, caduceus, laurel branch, lantern, torch, wreath etc. Plate XXXIV 11, 13 and 14. Table LII, 19.
Thracian Chersonese AR hemidrachm. 480-350 BC. Forepart of lion right, head turned back / Quadripartite incuse square, pellet and bunch of grapes in sunken quarters.
5447 Lion’s head with wide opened mouth and tongue hanging out, left, dotted mane. Rev. : Concave square with rosette within. 10 mm. Plate XXXIV 12.
5448 Lion advancing right with head turned and wide opened mouth; left foreleg raised. Rev. : XEP. Athena’s helmeted head left, with necklace of pearls and earring, within concave square. 26 mm. Plate LII 17.
5449 Lion’s head with wide opened mouth, right. Rev. : Concave square divided into 4 sections, dot in each section. 6 mm. Plate XXXIV 16.
5450 Lion walking right. Rev. : XEP. Grain of barley. 9 mm. Plate XXXIV 15.
5451 Lion’s head with open jaws, right. Rev. : Ear of barley. 15 mm.
5452 Helmeted head of Athena right. Rev. : XEP. Prow. 15 mm. Plate XXXIV 10.
5453 (Obverse is worn away). Rev. : XEP or XEPPO. Grain of barley. 10 mm.
5454 Lion’s head with wide opened mouth, left. Rev. : XEPPON or XEPPOM. Grain of barley. 12 mm.
Thracian Chersonese AE12. ca 330 BC. Lion's head left / XEP / POM, Grain of barley.
5455 Woman’s head; her hair tied with ribbon. Rev. : XEP. Vase with two handles; grain of barley below. 15 mm.
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ALOPECONNESOS

(near 300 B.C.) city of Thracian Chersones.

Autonomous bronze coins.

5456 Woman’s head right with wreath of corn-ears. Rev. : AΛΩ AΛΩΠEKON. Vase with two handles and bunch of grapes in field; sometimes below – grain of barley. 13 – 16 mm. Plate XXXIII 2.
5457 Helmeted, unbearded head. Rev. : AΛΩΠEKON. Bunch of grapes. 15 mm.
5458 Dionysos’s head with ivy-wreath. Rev. : Cup with 2 two handles; small bunch of grapes to right. 18 mm. AΛΩ Plate XXXIII 1.
Thrace, Alopeconnesus AE18. ca 4th century BC. Head of Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy / A-L-W, kantharos, bunch of grapes to lower right. SNG Cop 857cf, BMC 1.
5459 Same obverse. Rev. : A cup; fox right in field.
Thracian Chersonese, Alopeconnesos AE21. 3rd century BC. Head of Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy / A-L-W, kantharos, grapes in lower left, fox advancing right in lower right field. BMC 2.
5460 AΛΩΠEK…Head of Dionysos Indian. Rev. : AΛΩΠEKON. Cup between fox and bunch of grapes.
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See also WildWinds' Alopeconnesus page
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AEGOSPOTAMI

(about 400 B.C.) City of Thracian Chersones. Autonomous bronze coins.
5461 Woman’s head left, with earrings and necklace of pearls, and with tidy hair, wearing stephane or tiara. Rev. : AIΓΟΣ ΠΟ. Horse advancing left; crab below.
5462 The same, but without crab.
5463 Same obverse. Rev. : AIΓΟΣ ΠΟ. Goat left. Plate XXXIII 4.
5463ARPC 1738A. Thracian Chersonese, Aegospotami AE18. Time of Augustus. Bust of Nike right / AI-O/P, palm branch.
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ELAEOS

(about 350 – 281 B.C.) City of Thracian Chersones (now Eles-Burun).
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Autonomous coins. Silver.

5465 Woman’s head (Tyche?) left, with turreted crown. Rev. : EΛEOYΣ. Owl facing, wings spread; sceptre in right field. 18 mm. Plate XXXIII 5.
5466 Woman’s head left. Rev. : Owl standing, wings spread. 14 mm. Plate XXXIII 6.

Bronze.

5467 Head of Herakles right. Rev. : EΛEOYΣ. Owl standing, wings spread. 18 mm.
5468 Prow right. Rev. : EΛAIOYΣIΩN EΛAI within laurel wreath.
5469 The same obverse. Rev. : EΛAI within laurel wreath. 20 mm.
5470 Helmeted head of Athena right. Rev. : EΛAIOYΣIΩN. Owl standing right, wings closed, monogram below. 15 mm.
5471 Bust of Artemis right, bow and quiver on shoulder. Rev. : EΛAIOYΣIΩN. Bee; A below. 17 mm.
5472 Woman’s veiled and diademed head right. Rev. : YOIAΛE. Bee, N below. 13 mm. ΣΙΩΝ.
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Imperial bronze coins.

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Commodus (176 – 192 A.D.)

Obv: A KAI KOMOΔOC.
- AYTOKPATΩP KOMOΔOC.
- (KOMO)ΔOC KAIC AYTOK. His head or bust.
Rev: EΛAIOYCIΩN.
- APTEMIC EΛAIOYCIΩN.
5473 Legend in 4 lines within laurel wreath. 18 mm.
5474 Soldier, helmeted, standing on prow with deer's head prow decoration, holding transverse spear; mid-area of prow is decorated with fish and the head of a wild boar. 27 mm.
5475 Artemis standing facing, head turned right; right hand extended, holding pig (?stag?) by one of its hindlegs in left hand; all within laurel wreath. 26 mm.
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CARDIA

(about 350 – 309 B.C.) City of Thracian Chersones.
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Autonomous coins. Silver.

5476 Bearded head right within concave square. Rev. : Heart or ivy leaf. 9 mm.
5477 Winged figure within concave square. Rev. : Heart or ivy leaf. 13 mm.
5478 Two hearts or ivy leaves one beside the other. Rev. : Oblong square, concave and irregular. 13 mm.
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Bronze.

5479 Demeter’s head with wreath of corn-ears, left. Rev. : KAPΔIA or KAPΔIANON. Lion left; bunch of grapes above, grain of barley below. Plate XXXIII 9.
Thracian Chersones, Kardia AE18. 4th century BC. Head of Persephone left, wreathed with corn-ears / KAPDIA, lion standing left, breaking spear in its mouth.
5480 The same image. Rev. : KAPΔIA. Dolphin and grain of barley.
5481 Woman’s head left. Rev. : KAPΔIA. Horse grazing right.
5482 Ox or bull advancing right. Rev. : KAPΔIA. Grain of barley within square made from lines.
5483 Lion running left. Rev. : KAPΔIA. Grain of barley, all within square. Plate XXXIII 11.
5484 Ram standing. Rev. : KAPΔIA. Grain of barley, all within square.
5485 Persephones’s head left, wearing wreath of corn-ears and long earrings, left. Rev. : KAPΔIA. Lion left; below – barley grain or corn-ear.
5486 Other – similar; below – grain of barley and cart.
5487 Head of Artemis or Demeter. Rev. : KAPΔIA. Heart or ivy leaf.
5488 Persephones’s head with wreath of corn-ears. Rev. : KAPΔIA. Lion left, head turned; below – grain of barley. Plate XXXIII 8.
5489 Zeus’s bearded head right. Rev. : KAPΔIA. Ear of corn.
5490 Demeter’s head right, wearing wreath of corn-ears, right. Rev. : KAPΔIANΩN. forepart of lion, left; below – grain of barley. Plate XXXIII 12.
5491 Same obverse. Rev. : KAPΔIA. Grain of barley. Plate XXXIII 13.
5492 Lion’s head right. Rev. : Corn-ear or grain of barley. Plate XXXIII 10.
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Alexander The Great (336 – 323 B.C.) Silver.

5493 Herakles’s head right, wearing lion’s skin, right. Rev. : AΛEΞANΔPOY. Zeus half-naked seated left, holding eagle and sceptre. In the field lion’s head and B or Φ, monograms and star beneath the throne. 18 mm. Note that there are a large number of varieties with different symbols and monograms in the field. Please check the wildwinds page of Alexander III.Plate XXXIII 7.
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See also WildWinds' Kardia page
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CRITHOTE

(about 350 – 281 B.C.) City of Thracian Chersones.
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Autonomous bronze coins.

5494 Laureate head of Apollo facing. Rev. : KPIΘOΣIΩN. wreath of corn and barley corn within. 21 mm.
5495 The same head of Apollo. Rev. : KPI. Grain of barley. 13 mm.
5496 Athena’s helmeted head left. Rv. : Laurel wreath and within grain of barley. Sometimes with legend KPI. 11 mm. Plate XXXIII 14.
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LYSIMACHIA

(about 309 – 220 B.C.) City of Thracian Chersones.
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Autonomous coins. Silver.

5497 Athena’s helmeted head, right. Rev. : Lion’s head with open mouth, right. 11 mm.
5498 The same obverse. Rev. : Lion’s head with open mouth, left. 11 mm.
5498AHead of Apollo / horse and rider rightThrace, Lysimachia AR Triobol. 306-301 BC. Head of Apollo right / LY, horse and rider right.
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Bronze.

5499 Herakles’s head right, wearing lion’s skin. Rev. : ΛYΣIMAXEΩN. Nike standing, holding wreath. Monograms.
Thrace, Lysimachia AE18. 309-220 BC. Head of Herakles right / LUSIMACEWN, Nike standing facing, head left, holding wreath. BMC 5, SNG Cop 914.
5500 Laureate head of Apollo right. Rev. : ΛYΣIMA. Lion recumbent right; E above, monogram below.
5501 Laureate, turreted head right. Rev. : AYΣIMA. Lion sitting right. Plate XXXIII 18.
Thrace, Lysimachia AE19. 309-220 BC. Head of Tyche right / LUSIMACEWN, lion sitting right. cf SNG Cop 909.
5502 Lion’s head right. Rev. : ΛYΣI. Ear of corn. Plate XXXIII 17 and 19.
5503 Woman’s head right. Rev. : ΛYΣIMAXEΩN within laurel wreath.
5504 Diademed head of Lysimachia right. Rev. : ΛYΣIMAXEΩN. Lion running right; In the field – monogram.
5505 Head of Lysimachia right, covered with lion’s skin; countermark below. Rev. : ΛYΣIMAXEΩN. Artemis with quiver on shoulder advancing right, holding torch. Plate XXXIII 15.
5506 Woman’s diademed head left. Rev. : ΛYΣI. Lion’s head facing.
5507 Laureate head of Apollo right. Rev. : ΛYΣI. Panther left, head turned.
5508 Unbearded head facing; monogram and N in field. Rev. : ΛYΣI. Horseman galloping right, holding spear in right hand.
5509 Helmeted head of Athena right. Rev. : ΛYΣIMAXEΩN. Lion advancing right, two monograms in fields.
5510 Laureate head of Apollo right. Rev. : ΛYΣIMAXEΩN. Lion sitting right, monograms in field.
5511 Herakles’s head with lion’s skin, right. Rev. : ΛYΣIMAXEΩN. Nike standing left, holding wreath and palm; two monograms in fields. Plate XXXIII 16.
5512 The same obverse. Rev. : ΛYΣIMAXEΩN. Artemis in short chiton with quiver at shoulder, advancing right; holding torches in both hands.
5513 The same obverse, but with countermark of lion’s head. Rev. : ΛYΣIMAXEΩN. Proserpina or Demeter advancing right, holding torch in each hand.
5514 Woman’s veiled head (Demeter?). Rev. : ΛYΣIMAXEΩN. Nike advancing, holding wreath.
5515 Demeter’s veiled head with wreath of corn. Rev. : ΛYΣIMAXEΩN in two lines; sometimes with club below, all within wreath of corn.
5516 The same obverse; but with countermark of Herakles’s head right. Rev. : ΛYΣIMAXEΩN in wreath of corn.
5517 Demeter’s head right. Rev. : ΛY in wreath of corn.
5518 Helmeted head of Athena right. Rev. : ΛY in wreath of corn. Plate XXXIII 20.
5519 Demeter’s head with wreath of corn, right. Rev. : ΛYΣIMAXIA. Lion sitting right, K below.
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Alexander III (336 – 323 B.C.)

Gold.
5520 Obv: Helmeted head of Athena right. Rev. : BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞANΔPοY. Nike standing left, holding wreath in right hand, and trophy on staff (baculum tropaei) in left; ΛY in field. 19 mm. 8.52 gr.
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See also WildWinds' Lysimacheia page
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SESTOS

(about 300 – 150 B.C.) City of Thracian Chersones. (Zemenik).
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Autonomous bronze coins.

5521 Woman’s head (of Gracia?) left; her hair tied with ribbon. Rev. : ΣHΣTI.
5522 Woman’s head (or Apollo?) left. Rev.: ΣH. Hermes. Sometimes with the letters A Δ.
5523 The same obverse. Rev. : ΣHΣTI. Hermatena holding palm in right hand.
5524 The same obverse. Rev.: ΣH. Hermes standing, holding caduceus; two-handled vase in field. Plate XXXIV 7.
5525 Hermes’s head left. Rev.: ΣH. Lyre.
5526 The same obverse. Rev.: ΣHΣ. Lyre and Δ.
5527 Hermes’s head with winged petasos, left. Rev.: ΣH. Lyre and A.
5528 Apollo’s laureate head left. Rev. : ΣHΣTI. Tripod and Δ.
5529 The same obverse. Rev.: ΣHΣ. Lyre in concave square.
5530 KΛAPI..., Unbearded, diademed head right. Rev. : ΣHΣTIΩN. Lyre.
5531 Apollo’s laureate head left. Rev. : ΣHΣTI. Tripod and raven.
5532 The same head without wreath. Rev.: ΣHΣ. Cornucopiae and Δ. Plate XXXIV 5.
5533 Laureate head facing. Rev. : ΣHΣTIΩN. Thyrsos tied with ribbon.
5534 Herm between corn-ear and caduceus. Rev. : ΣH. Two-handled vase. Plate XXXIV 4.
5535 Herm, bearded. Rev. : Amphora.
Thrace, Sestos. ca 300 BC. AE 9mm. SHS, ithyphallic herm right / Long-necked amphora. BMC 6v.
5536 Head of Hermes left, wearing petasos. Rev. : ΣA. Demeter with high diadem standing left; holding corn-ears in right hand, left hand resting on basket of fruit. Jar before her.
5537 Head of Hermes wearing petasos right. Rev. : ΣA. Herm with barley grain to left and jar below. Plate XXXIV 6. ALEXANDER M. (336 – 323 B.C.) Silver.
5538 Herakles’s head with lion’s skin, right. Rev. : AΛEΞANΔPοY. Zeus, himation over lower limbs, seated on a throne, holding eagle in right hand, resting left hand on sceptre, phallus in field. 26 mm. 16.55 gr. Plate XXXIV 1.
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Lysimachos (323 – 281 B.C.)

Silver.
5539 Horned head of Lysimachos right. Rev. : BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛYΣIMAXOY. Athena helmeted, seated left, holding Nike in right hand and resting left hand on shield; phallus or herm in left field. Plate XXXIV 2.
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Barbarian silver imitations.

5540 Man’s helmeted head, right. Rev. : ΛISIMΛ. Man right, kneeling on right knee; herm before him, In the field – dots in 4 lines. Plate XXXIV 3.
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Imperial bronze coins.

Augustus (27 BC – 14 A.D.)

Varbanov 2966 CEBACTOV, bare head right. Rev. : CHC, Cornucopiae.
Varbanov 2967 CEBACTOV, bare head right. Rev. : CHCTI, Lyre.

Caligula (37 – 41 A.D.)

Varbanov 2968 GAIOC, bare head right. Rev. : SHSTIWN, Lyre. AE18
Varbanov 2969 GAIOC KAICAP, bare head right. Rev. : SHSTIWN, Lyre. AE17
Varbanov 2970 GAIOC KAICAP, bare head right. Rev. : CHCTIWN, Lyre. AE20

Claudius (41 – 54 A.D.)

Varbanov 2971 TI KLAUD KAICAP, bare head right. Rev. : CHCTIWN, Lyre. AE18

Nero (54 – 58 A.D.)

5541 (A) NEPΩN KAIC or (B) NEPΩN KAICA or (C) NEPΩN KAICAP. His head left. Rev. : CHCTIΩN. Lyre. (
Obv A: Varbanov 2973; Obv B: Varbanov 2974; Obv C: Varbanov 2975.)
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Domitian (81 – 96 A.D.)

5542; Varbanov 2975 KAICAP ΔOMITIANVS. His head. Rev. : CHCTIΩN. Lyre.
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Trajan (98 – 117 A.D.)

5543 TPAIANOC KAICAP. TPAIANOC CEB. His head or bust. Rev. : CHCTIΩN. Lyre.
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Hadrian (117 – 138 A.D.)

5544 AΔPIANOC KAICAP. His head. Rev. : CHCTIΩN. – CACTΩN (sic). Caduceus or lyre.
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Antoninus Pius (138 – 161 A.D.)

5545 IMP C T AELI ANTON. His head. Rev. : CHCTIΩN. Zeus in mantle standing, holding eagle and sceptre.
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Caracalla (198 – 217 A.D.) AYT M AYPH ANTΩNEINOC. – AYT K M ANTΩNEINOC. His head or bust. Rev. : CHCTIΩN.

5546 Leandros sailing to pass the Helespont (the straits of the Dardanelles) and to go to Hero, lighting the lamp from the top of a lighthouse; Eros flying in the air and holding torch.
5547 Concordia naked to waist, standing, holding patera and cornucopiae. Plate IX 6.
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Gordian III (238 – 244 A.D.)

Obv: AYT K M AN ΓOPΔIANOC. His head or bust.
Rev: CHCTIΩN.
5548 Zeus standing, holding eagle and sceptre.
5549 Zeus naked, standing, holding patera and sceptre. Plate VIII 16.
5550 Concordia standing, holding patera and cornucopiae. Plate IX 6.
5551 Serapis standing, holding patera and cornucopiae. Plate X 14.
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Philip Sr (244 – 249 A.D.)

Obv: AY M IOY ΦΙΛΙΠΠOC. His head.
Rev: CHCTIΩN.
5552 Genius standing, holding patera and cornucopiae.
5553 Serapis half-naked, standing, holding patera and cornucopiae. Plate X 14.
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Philip Jr (244 – 249 A.D.)

Obv: K M IOYΛI ΦΙΛΙΠΠOC. His head.
Rev: CHCTIΩN.
5554 Youthful figure standing, holding an animal in right hand, and spear in left.
5555 Zeus naked to waist, standing, holding eagle and sceptre.
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See also WildWinds' Sestos page
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COELA

(See Coela on separate page.)
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Indefinite silver coins minted in some towns of Thracian Chersones. See link to the wildwinds Cherronesus page above.

5597 Lion’s head with wide opened mouth, left. Rev. : Concave square divided into 4 parts, from which 2 concave and 2 convex. 12 mm.
5598 Belerofon on pegasus, galloping right. Rev. : As above. 24 mm. LII 21.
5599 Front part of pegasus right. Rev. : As above. 11 mm.
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Hippias (Athenian tyrant about V – IV B.C.)

5600 Athena’s helmeted head, with tidy hairs on his pate. Rev. : HIΠ. Owl standing right, ear of grain to left, all in concave square. 10 mm. Plate LII 20.

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