Aeolis, Kyme, Tetradrachm, 165-140 BC
City/Region:
Aeolis, Kyme
Denomination:
Tetradrachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
165-140 BC
Obverse:
Head of the Amazon Kyme right, wearing taenia
Reverse:
Horse walking right, skyphos (one handled cup) below, KYMAIΩN left, OΛYΠIOΣ (magistrate) in exergue, all within laurel-wreath
Size:
32mm, 16.03g.
Grade:
Choice aVF
Reference:
Oakley 54; Sg4183 var

Choice VF example with dark toning. Kyme was the the most important of twelve cities in Aeolis, the other cities being: Kyme, Larissa, Neonteichus, Temnus, Cilla, Notium, Aegioressa, Pitane, Aegaeae, Myrina , Smyrna and Gryneia. Located on the coast of modern-day Turkey it was a port city with significant trade. Kyme produced regular coinage from 350BC until it fell under the Roman Empire in 133 BC. Undoubtedly its most famous coinage are the beautiful wreathed silver tetradrachms which feature Kyme the Amazon on the obverse and a horse within a wreath on the reverse. Also on the reverse is the name of the ruling magistrate. Twelve such magistrates have been identified.