Off the Beaten Path: Antioch ad Maeandrum

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by David Atherton, Jan 28, 2022.

  1. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    Back to back 'Off the Beaten Path' coins! 2022 may be the year of provincials for me.

    Æ19 5.52g
    Antioch ad Maeandrum (Caria) mint, undated
    Obv: ΔΟΜΙΤΙΑΝΟϹ ΚΑΙϹΑΡ; Head of Domitian, laureate, r.
    Rev: ƐΠΙΜƐΛΗ(ΘƐΝΤΟϹ ΤΙ) ΚΛ ΑΓΛΑΟΥ ΦΡΟΥΓΙ, ΑΝΤΙΟΧƐΙΑ; Turreted city-goddess (Antiochia) seated, l., holding patera
    RPC 1219 (9 spec.).
    Acquired from eBay, January 2022.

    A small issue of bronzes were struck under Domitian at Antioch ad Maeandrum signed by the magistrate Ti Claudius Agelaus Frugi. The coins are fairly common, which suggests a locally substantial issue. Interestingly, this coin features a personification of the city goddess Antiocha, which does not appear on the coinage again. The city was situated at a bridge over the Maeander river and presumably was an important centre of trade. Its major claim to fame is the famous Venus de Milo, which is believed to have been sculpted there by one of its citizens.

    Please share your coins of Caria, city goddesses, or anything you believe relevant.

    Thank you for looking!
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2022
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  3. Roman Collector

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    That's a nice one, @David Atherton! I like the brassy highlights on the devices. That city is indeed off the beaten path. I wrote a little article about it and its coins here.

    This is the only coin I have from that particular town.

    Faustina II, AD 147-175.
    Roman provincial Æ 25 mm, 8.01 g, 6 h.
    Caria, Antiochia ad Maeandrum, c. AD 155-165.
    Obv: ·I·AVCTЄINA CЄBACT, bare-headed and draped bust, right.
    Rev: ΑΝΤΙΟΧЄΩΝ, Hera standing, facing, head, left, holding long scepter in right hand and veil with bent left arm.
    Refs: Similar to RPC IV.2, 827 (temporary) and Imhoof-Blumer KM p. 111, no. 20, pl. IV.9.
    Notes: Unique? Unlisted with the ΑΝΤΙΟΧЄΩΝ reverse legend at RPC. Unlisted in BMC, Mionnet, Lindgren and Wiczay. No examples appear on a search at acsearchinfo or at Wildwinds.
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