Three Roman Provincials I need some help with...

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Marsyas Mike, Apr 21, 2021.

  1. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Just got in a big, weird batch of Roman imperials with some odd-job provincials, Greek, etc. included. I am really having fun with the attributions and so far am having pretty good luck. However, I am stuck on these three:

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    I feel closest on this one, Marcus Aurelius and Asklepios (3.29 grams / 21 mm). The reverse inscription seems to be gamma-something. Perge, Pessinus, Germe come close, but I can't hit the target. Any ideas?
    Unknown 3 from 34 Apr 2021 (2).jpg

    This one might not be Provincial. Zeus on the obverse, maybe, but that thing on his head is puzzling. I am guessing Artemis on the reverse - the short skirt and possibly drawing her bow. Or maybe Athena with a shield? A Greek inscription is not helping me figure this out at all. (1.92 grams / 11 mm).
    Unknown 3 from 34 Apr 2021 (3).jpg


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    This one is probably hopeless. Antoninus Pius on the obv. (or M. Aurelius?) with "ANT" visible. Reverse is a goddess (or Apollo?) standing around, no discernable inscription. (1.89 grams / 14 mm).
    Unknown 3 from 34 Apr 2021 (1).jpg

    Any help much appreciated! :happy:
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  3. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    How about Acrasus, Lydia for the Asklepios?
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  4. Marsyas Mike

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    Yes, sort of. All I can find are Septimius Severus examples with Asclepius - but they look a lot like mine. Maybe I have the wrong emperor?

    Thank you for the suggestion! Acrasus is yet another ancient place I'd never heard of. :)
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  7. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    The Artemis one looks very low artistic quality. Almost like the barbaric imitations?
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  9. Marsyas Mike

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    Yeah, I agree - the artistry is a bit crude, at least by Greek standards. My guess is it is from the hinterlands - Thrace? Or an imitation of something.
  10. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Well, I did some more digging, and came up with a clue for the Artemis AE above. I tried searching for Greek cities with two N's in the name.

    Ever heard of Synnada? Me neither, but the letters on mine seems to be a match:

    Unknown - Zeus & Artemis lot Apr 2021 (0det2).jpg

    Here's an example of the lettering - wrong coin.

    Phrygia, Synnada - Aurelius & Athena - auct1 pic.jpg

    The problem is, I am finding no Synnada issue that looks anything like mine. But I feel this might be the right locale. Maybe.

    The adventure continues...
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