Architecture - Turreted
The coins in this collection are a neat
variation to the architecture theme whereas Tyche, the city goddess, is shown
wearing the city on her head. There are examples where towers, city walls
and even lighthouses are shown. This collection is intended to show as
many varieties as possible.
Autonomous Issue, AE21, c.1st Century BC, Phoenicia-Tyre
Veiled, turreted, draped bust of Tyche right
OHI (?) Tyre monogram / I EPA
Phoenician galley sailing left
X in right field behind galley
18mm x 21mm, 6.27g
Sear GCV, Vol II, 5925v
Note: Sear GCV 5925 is an AE24 with a Phoenician date year 45 (82/81 BC).
Antoninus Pius, AE25, City Year 188 (140/141 AD), Syria-Laodicea ad Mare
AUTO KA TI AI AD_R ANTwNeINOC
CEB (beginning from lower right)
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust left, seen from behind
IOULIEwN Tw_N KAI LAODIKEwN
Draped bust of Tyche left wearing headdress with city gate and towers
QE in left field, H PR in right field
24mm x 25mm, 10.75g
BMC Galatia, etc. pg. 255, 61 var. (bust right); SNG Copenhagen 350 var.
Anonymous Issue (Possibly Gallienus alone), AE As, 3rd Century AD, Troas-Alexandria, Northwest Asia Minor (Turkey), near Troy
Turreted, draped bust of Tyche right, legionary vexillum with AV/G on banner behind
C_OL AV TRO
Eagle flying right, severed head of sacrificial bull in its claws
20mm x 21mm, 4.50g
'The eagle carrying a bull's head, which is a common occurrence from now [Commodus Caesar] on, must refer to a foundation legend, like that
told of Antioch on the Orontes, of an eagle carrying part of a sacrificial animal to the spot where the new city was destined to rise.' A.
R. Bellinger, Troy: The Coins, Princeton 1961, reprint Sanford Durst 1979, p. 106.