Temple Mint

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  1. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    The reverse of this bronze coin has a temple under which I can nearly read "AROPAN" in exergue. The obverse shows an Emperor's bust head right. It weighs 5.47 g. Could you please tell me in which city that coin was struck or minted? Thank you.

    Aropan O.JPG Arotmp R.JPG
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  3. shanxi

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  4. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    Thanks @shanxi . That's interesting, I'm going to make a search about the Senate on the obverse.
  5. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    The legend in exergue continues from the right side
    Γ ΝΕ-ΩΚΟΠΩΝ honoring the third Neocorate temple of this city. My coin below has a different type and split of the legend
    Γ - Ν-ΕΩΚΟP--Ω--Ν placing the last two letters separately in the inner left field. In both cases the genitive plural city name is at the reverse left CMVRNAIΩN"of the Smyrnians". It seems that legend placement was pretty much a matter of whatever was needed to make it fit.
    For those not familiar with Neocorate:
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  6. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    Fantastic new issue of research on these ancient temples. Smyrna is currently known as "IZMIR" in Turkey. What does the bust of the "Senate" hint to?. The legend on obverse reads : IERA Cynkletos.
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