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Topical Collections: Architecture - City Gate

This part of the collection contains coins showing the fortified gates or entrances to cities.  Sometimes an entire city is shown.  Most of these pieces will be from Roman provinces.


Roman Provincial, Thrace-Augusta Traiana, Commodus, AE17, 177-192
[AVTO] K[OMOΔOC]
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
AVΓOY[CTHC TPA]-INHC
City gate with central arch way and closed doors, two crenelated towers flanking, third crenelated tower in center
16mm x 17mm, 3.58g
Schobert-Geiss - (cf. 114 for Crispina); SNG Copenhagen -; Varbanov 934 (same dies)


Caracalla, AE27, 198-217, Thrace-Anchialus
AV K M AVP- ANTWNINOC
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
OVLPI_ANWN- AGXIAL_EWN
City gate with two towers with conical roofs, no door, three arches on top
26mm x 27mm, 10.84g
Moushmov 2844


Geta, AE Pentassarion, 209-212, Moesia Inferior-Kallatis
. K L . CEP-. GETAC .
Bare-head, draped, cuirassed bust right
. KAL .-LATIA
City gate with two broad towers, conical roofs, left tower with square window even with center roofline, right tower with niche containing statue of Hercules, square window near top of tower, part of the bottom of the back wall showing at the top of the center archway as represented by small-perspective stones
. E . in top center field
25mm x 26mm, 11.08g
Moushmov 303


Macrinus, AE26, 217-218, Moesia Inferior-Nicopolis ad Istrum, Claudius Agrippa as Magistrate
AUT K M OPEL CE_UH MAKRINOC
Laureate head right
VP AGRIPPA NIKOPOLITWN PRO_C
City gate with three crenelated towers, closed paneled doors
ICTRO in exergue
26mm, 11.62g
Varbanov 3345; Moushmov 1234
Ex Malter Galleries, eBay, 2001


Elagabalus, AE28, 218-222, Moesia Inferior-Nicopolis ad Istrum, Nobilius Rufus as Magistrate
AYT M AVR-ANTWNEINOC
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
VPA NOB POVFOV NIKOPLITWN (sic) / PROC I C (in exergue) / P | O / N (across fields)
City gate with flanking towers, statues of animals surmounting both towers, closed doors, facing spread quadriga guided by Nike between towers
27mm x 28mm, 12.69g
AMNG I 2003
Ex CNG, December 2003

Note:  Ray Wilk has another example from this same pair of dies.


Gordian III, AE27, 238-244, Moesia Inferior-Nikopolis as Istrum, Modestus as Magistrate
AVT K M ANTW-GORDIANOC
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
VP CAB MODECTOV NIKOPOLEITWN
City gate with two towers with conical roofs, no doors, four ramparts between towers
CICTPON in exergue
26mm x 27mm, 10.92g
Moushmov 1496


Gordian III, AE26, 238-244, Thrace-Hadrianopolis
AUG K M ANT GORDIANOC AUG (UG ligate)
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
ADRIANOPOLEITWN (WN ligate)
City gate with two conical turrets, three parapets between, no door
25mm x 28mm, 9.33g
BMC 43


Gordian III, AE26, 238-244, Thrace-Hadrianopolis
AUG K M ANT GORDIANOC AUG (UG ligate)
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
ADRIANOPOLEIT_WN
City gate with two crenelated towers, conical roofs, three archways, the center larger than the two side arches, no doors, four ramparts between towers
26mm x 27mm, 9.88g
Moushmov 2701


Gordian III, AE26, 238-244, Thrace-Hadrianopolis
AUG K M AN_T GORDIANOC AUG (UG ligate)
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
ADRI_ANO_POL_EITWN
City gate with two towers, conical roofs, no doors, three ramparts between towers
25mm x 26mm, 10.23g
Sear GIC 3652 variant


Gordian III, AE26, 238-244, Thrace-Hadrianopolis
AUG K M ANT GORDIANOC AUG (UG ligate)
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
ADRIANOPO_LEITW_N
City gate with two towers, conical roofs, no doors, four ramparts between towers
23mm x 26mm, 8.21g
Sear GIC 3652 variant


Gordian III, AE26, 238-244, Thrace-Hadrianopolis
AUG K M AN_T GORDIANOC AUG (UG ligate)
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
ADRIANOPOLEITWN
City gate with two towers, conical roofs, no doors, four ramparts between towers, row of arches between top row of blocks above main archway
26mm x 28mm, 9.15g
Sear GIC 3652 variant


Otacilia Severa, AE28, 244-249, Cilicia-Diocaesarea
WTAKIL CEVHPAN EVC CEB
Draped bust right, stephane in hair
ADPIANWN DIOKAICAPEWN MHTP KENN
Arched portico of citygate, surmounted by a procession
28mm x 29mm, 9.14g
Price and Trell 507; SNG Levante(Switzerland I - Cicilia Levante) 679
Ex Nilus Coins, CICF show, 2003

To see a really spectacular collection of a city gate specialist, click here to go to Ray Wilk's site, although he consigned a fairly large portion of his collection to Marc Breitsprecher to sell for him.



The actual city gate in Diocaesarea (modern day UzuncaburÁ, Turkey), still standing today, as depicted on the coin.  Although the statues shown on the following coin are gone, the niches and shelves on which they stood still exist.  The gate also still has the name of ancient Diocaesarea inscribed in it.