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Plutus, Ploutos, or Plutos was the god of wealth. At first he was solely concerned with agricultural bounty but later came to represent wealth in general. Usually shown as an infant being held by a deity, this is the only coin I have found with just Plutos standing.


Lydia, Magnesia ad Sipylum. Marcus Aurelius AE15. Plutos

Obv: ΑVΡΗΛΙΟ ΚΑΙ, bare-headed, draped bust of Marcus Aurelius right.
Rev: ΜΑΓΝΗΤΩΝ ΙΠVΛΟV, Plutos standing left, holding fruit in folds of chiton.
RPC IV.2, 1330 (temporary)



Liknophoros was the bearer of the liknon or winnowing fan, a basket used for separating grain from its chaff, and usually led the ritual processions at the Dionysia festivals. 


Caria, Antioch ad Meandrum. Marcus Aurelius AE15. Liknophoros

Obv: ΒΗΡΟϹ ΚΑΙ. Bare head of Marcus Aurelius (short beard), r.
Rev: ΑΝΤΙοΧƐΩΝ. Liknophoros r., clad in short chiton, supporting basket on his head.
RPC IV.2, 821



The Amazonwere a group of female warriors and hunters, who beat men in physical agility and strength, in archery, riding skills, and the arts of combat. This coin probably represents Myrina, an Amazonian queen who commanded a military expedition in Libya with her sister Mytilene after whom she named the city of the same name. Myrina also named three more cities after the Amazons who held the most important commands under her, Cyme, Pitaneand Priene.


Mysia, Pitane. Faustina II. AE19.

Obv: ΦΑVϹΤΕΙΝΑ ϹΕΒΑϹ; draped bust of Faustina II, r.
Rev: ΠΙΤΑΝΑΙΩΝ; Amazon standing, l., holding patera and double axe.
RPC IV.2, 629



Please feel free to share any coin, not just provincial, with unusual characters or anything you feel is relevant.

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Fun and interesting reverse types, @AncientOne! Kabeiros seems to fit your theme. He's interesting. I have three coins depicting Kabeiros, all from Thessalonica:

[IMG] Time of Antoninus Pius, AD 138-161.
Pseudo-autonomous Æ 21.4 mm, 8.48 g, 11 h.
Macedonia, Thessalonica.
Obv: ΘΕCCΑΛΟ-ΝΙΚΕѠΝ, turreted and draped bust of Tyche, right.
Rev: KABI-POC, Kabeiros standing left, holding rhyton and hammer, star in left field.
Refs: RPC IV.1 3486 (temporary); SNG Cop 384; SNG ANS 812 var. (no star on reverse; same obv. die); BMC 5.113-14, 47-49; cf Sear 4820; Touratsoglou p.329, 30.
Notes: Ex-ArtCoins Roma, Asta 4, lot 96, 5 Dec 2011.

Julia Mamaea, AD 226-235
Roman provincial Æ 24.7 mm, 10.46 gm
Macedonia, Thessalonica, AD 226-235
Obv: ΙΟVΛΙΑ ΜΑΜΑΙΑ ΑVΓ, diademed and draped bust, right
Rev: ΘΕCCΑΛΟΝΙΚΕΩΝ, Kabeiros standing facing, head left, holding rhyton and hammer.
Refs: Similar to SGI 3409; Varbanov 4484.

Gordian III, AD 238-244.
Roman provincial Æ 27 mm, 11.3g, 12h.
Macedon, Thessalonica, AD 238-244.
Obv: AVT K M ANTΩNIOC ΓΟΡΔIANOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: ΘЄCCAΛΟΝΙ-ΚЄΩΝ ΝЄΩΚΟ-ΡΩΝ, distyle temple containing Kabeiros standing facing, head left, between two urns containing palm, holding rhyton and hammer.
Refs: RPC VII.2, — (unassigned; ID 59017); Touratsoglou 145; Price & Trell 132; Varbanov 4583 var.; Moushmov 6827.
Notes: Ex-ArtCoins Roma, Asta 4, lot 303, 5 Dec 2011.

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..here's Val l & ll, Valerian ll...the latter having a  reverse of a baby on a goat(the goddess Amalthea protecting a baby Jupiter)...and to keep it Op like, here's a Provincial of Hostilian (Anazarbus way) sporting Apollo with lyre leaning on a column reverse 😄





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Here's an interesting originally celtic diety "Sucellus".1826197386_cunobelin_black(4).jpg.d937d644b06f5e7c04823f1292d96138.jpg

Britannia, Trinovantes & Catuvellauni. Cunobelin. Circa 9-41 AD. AE Unit (2.437 g, 14mm).
Obv: Winged head left, CVNO in front, BELIN behind.
Rev: Metal worker, presumably the smith god known as Sucellus in parts of Gaul, sitting on a solid seat with a detached upright back, holding an L-shaped hammer in his right hand, left hand holding a metal bowl, there is always a distinct bun of hair behind the smith's head, TASCIO (Tascionus his father) behind, beaded border.
Van Arsdell 2097; ABC 2969; SCBC 342. Hobbs 1972-83;..VF.

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Caligula, AD 37-41
Caria, Cidramus
AE 17
Obv.: ΣΕΒΑΣTOΣ, Bare head left.
Rev.: ΚΙΔΡΑΜΗΝΩΝ ΜΟΥΣΑΙΟΣ ΚΑΛΛΙΚΡΑΤΟΥΣ ΠΡ, Goddess Sparzene standing facing, with outstretched arms.
AE, 5.33g, 17mm
Ref.: RPC I 2874

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I've never heard os Sparzene. Very cool!  

To add some more unusual,

here is a herm.


Caria, Herakleia Salbace. Hadrian Æ19. Herm

Obv: СΕΒΑСΤΟС / Laureate head of Hadrian, r.
Rev: ΗΡΑΚΛΕΩΤΩΝ / Herm facing.
3.762g, 19.2mm.





Cappadocia, Caesaraea-Eusebia. Trajan AE13

Obv: Turreted bust of Tyche right.
Rev: Dotted border around pyramid. E-T/Γ (date) around.
2.3g 13.2mm.
CY 3 (AD 111/2).



Altar with caps of the dioscuri.


Caria, Tabai. AD 69-79 AD. Dionysos/Caps of the Dioscuri.

Obv: ΤΑΒΗΝΩΝ. Head of Dionysus with ivy wreath, r.
Rev: ΚΑΛΛΙΚΡΑΤΗΣ ΒΡΑX. Altar with caps of the Dioscuri, uncertain object between.
RPC II, 1251.





Cilicia, Pompeiopolis. Pompey AE22. Time of Tiberius.

Obv: Head of Pompey, r.
Rev: ΠΟΜΠΗΙΟΠΟΛΙΤΩΝ; ϘϚ, Athena, seated l., holding Nike; in field several letters.
RPC I, 4001



Winged head of Medusa.


Lycaonia, Iconium. Æ 15mm. Pseudo-autonomous, c. AD 69-96.

Obv: Winged head of Medusa facing.
Rev: ΚΛΑΥΔЄΙΚΟΝΙЄѠΝ, Kybele seated to left, holding patera and resting arm on drum.
RPC II 1608B

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