PHRYGIA, Laodicea ad Lycum
AE15. 4.0g, 14.7mm
MINTED: PHRYGIA, Laodicea ad Lycum, time of Tiberius, circa AD 14-37
REF: RPC I 2905; SNG von Aulock 3808
OBVERSE: Laureate head of Apollo right; lyre to left, monogram to right.
REVERSE: ΛΑΟΔΙ / ΚΕΩΝ, Isis headdress within wreath.
Almost Very Fine.
Laodicea ad Lycum (Laodicea on the river Lycus) was located in Phrygia in western Asia Minor, about 100 miles east of Ephesus. It was a possession of the Kingdom of Pergamon in the 2nd century BC when the last king, Attalus III (138-133 BC), died childless and willed his kingdom to the Roman Republic. Laodicea prospered modestly under Roman rule, though it was devastated during the Mithridatic Wars between Mithridates VI of Pontus and the Romans. It eventually recovered and became a thriving commercial centre. The city was home to one of the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse mentioned in the biblical Book of Revelation.
PSEUDO-AUTONOMOUS . PHRYGIA, Laodicea ad Lycum . AE15 . Crown of Goddess Isis
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