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, ΣEYΘHΣ (magistrate) in exergue, all within laurel-wreath
Size:
34.2mm, 16.409g
Grade:
Choice EF
Reference:
SNG Von Aulock 1640; Oakley obv. die 59; Sg4183 var

Coin shows very little signs of wear. Choice EF with attractive 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.