Phillip: Zeugma

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by ancient coin hunter, Apr 17, 2019 at 11:22 AM.

  1. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Redditor Lucis Aeternae

    I picked up this coin in @John Anthony 's auction of last week, thought I'd snap a photo once it arrived. I posted it on a Facebook ancient coin group and it received 37 likes in a couple of hours, one poster commenting that this coin type got him involved in collecting ancients many years ago. The city was actually destroyed in 256 A.D. by the forces of Shapur, not long after the minting of this coin. So, without further adieu:

    COMMAGENE, Zeugma.
    Philip II and II.247-249 AD.
    Æ31, 19.2g; 6h (a nice chunky coin, how about that?)
    Obv.: AYTOK K M IOYΛI ФIΛIΠΠOC CЄB; Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
    Rev.: ZЄYGM-ATЄΩN; Peribolos containing grove of trees, seen in perspective; tetrastyle temple in distance, draped figure within (Zeus?); in exergue, capricorn to right.
    Reference: Butcher 31c; BMC 35.

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  3. Jwt708

    Jwt708 Well-Known Member

    I love the temple style reverses on these coins.
     
  4. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Redditor Lucis Aeternae

    Yeah I have to say it's pretty cool.
     
  5. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    Kevin Butcher in "Coinage in Roman Syria," has another take on what is depicted. He writes, "tertrastyle temple on a hill, with structures at base of hill and up either side."

    For a few years I have been looking for examples of perspective on ancient coins. I started a thread on it in 2016:
    https://www.cointalk.com/threads/perspective.279926/
    and contributed to a thread on the OP type which argues it is not a courtyard :
    https://www.cointalk.com/threads/mountain-not-a-courtyard.324110/

    Here is a similar coin for his wife, Otacilia Severa.


    OtaciliaSevera5Zeugma0925.jpg
    29 mm. 16.65 grams.
    Butcher CRS Zeugma 31b. "Probably struck at Antioch" (for Zeugma).
    Sear Greek Imperial 4056.
     
  6. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Very nice coin indeed, fabulous type congrats on owning one.
     
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  7. gsimonel

    gsimonel Well-Known Member

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  8. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Redditor Lucis Aeternae

    Thanks. Not sure it's a slam dunk but it appears to be the case.
     
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