LYDIA, Philadelphia

AE18. 6.26g, 18mm
MINTED: LYDIA, Philadelphia, circa 1st century BC
REF: SNG Copenhagen 349
OBVERSE: Head of Zeus right, wearing taenia.

REVERSE: ΦΙΛΑΔΕΛ / ΦΕΩΝ, Kithara, plectrum below, monogram above; all within wreath.



Green patina; some light scratches. 



Ex Vitangelo Collection, with the collector’s old ticket


Historical Notes:

Philadelphia in western Asia Minor was established under Pergamese rule in the early 2nd century BC.  When King Attalos III (138-133 BC) died without an heir, he bequeathed his entire kingdom to the Roman Republic, resulting in the kingdom's possessions coming under Roman rule.  During Imperial times, Emperor Augustus favoured the city because one of its citizens, Gaius Julius Dionysius, was his Greek tutor and friend.  When the city was damaged by an earthquake in AD 17, it was rebuilt by Emperor Tiberius.  In the Book of Revelation, Philadelphia is listed as one of the Seven Churches of Asia.   

LYDIA, Philadelphia . 1st century BC . AE18 . Zeus / Kithara . *Pedigreed*

SKU: 4224
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