ambr0zie Posted July 7, 2022 · Member Share Posted July 7, 2022 (edited) Hello ladies and gentlemen, Last weekend I was on the train, getting bored (the book I had with me was not the best choice) so what can a man with financial issues and getting ready for a holiday do? Of course, checking an auction and seeing if anything interesting appears. This time I was not very successful (but I had a very low budget prepared anyway - 100 EUR including fees and shipping ). Saw some good coins going too high but still managed to steal 3 coins. This was the first one and the most expensive of them (although I am very happy with the other 2 - a puzzling Hadrianopolis or Dionysopolis Geta that confused a few specialists - anyway unpublished; and also a pseudo autonomous from Apameia with Demos and Marsyas playing aulos) I like Severan coins, imperial and provincial, and if I will ever specialize in a sub area, it will probably be this. Although I don't intend to on the short/medium term. I don't have any Geta imperial coins - I should buy one but I have never seen one that fits my magic recipe - interesting design + good price. Found this one attractive for several reasons - nice portrait, interesting reverse (although I am not 100% satisfied with the reverse description I found); a new city for me and of course, the size as I like big chunky coins (Bronze.13.72g 30mm) PONTUS. Amasia. Geta (Caesar, 198-209). Ae. Dated CY 208 (208/9). Obv: Π CЄΠTI ΓЄTAC KЄCAP. Bareheaded, draped and cuirassed bust right / Rev: AΔP CЄY ANT AMACIAC MH NЄ ΠP ΠO / ЄT CH. Altar of Zeus Strateus, surmounted by eagle standing facing, head left, with wings spread; tree to left. RG 96. The city of Amaseia/Amasya is very rich in history. Location in Asia Minor According to Strabo the name Ἀμάσεια comes from Amasis, the queen of the Amazons, who were said to have lived here. The name has changed little throughout history: Ἀμάσεια, Amaseia, Amassia and Amasia. It was first settled by the Hittites and subsequently by Phrygians, Cimmerians, Lydians, Greeks, Persians, and Armenians. An independent Pontic kingdom with its capital at Amaseia was established by the Persian Mithridatic dynasty at the end of the 4th century BC, in the wake of Alexander's conquests. In the 1st century BC, it briefly contested Rome's hegemony in Anatolia. By 183 BC, the city was settled by Greeks, eventually becoming the capital of the kings of Pontus from 333 BC to 26 BC. Amaseia was captured by a force led by the Roman Lucullus in 70 BC from Armenia and was quickly made a free city and administrative center of his new province of Bithynia and Pontus by Pompey. By this time, Amaseia was a thriving city, the home of thinkers, writers and poets, and one of them, Strabo, left a full description of Amaseia as it was between 60 BC and 19 AD. Around 2 or 3 BC, it was incorporated into the Roman province of Galatia, in the district of Pontus Galaticus. Around the year 112, the emperor Trajan designated it a part of the province of Cappadocia. Later in the 2nd century it gained the titles 'metropolis' and 'first city'. After the division of the Roman Empire by emperor Diocletian the city became part of the East Roman Empire (the Byzantine Empire). At this time it had a predominantly Greek-speaking population. What I also found interesting was that in the Ottoman rule, this city had some particularities: it was customary for young Ottoman princes to be sent to Amasya to govern and gain experience. Amasya was also the birthplace of the Ottoman sultans Murad I and Selim I. The population of Amasya at this time was very different from that of most other cities in the Ottoman Empire, as it was part of their training for the future sultans to learn about every nation of the Empire. Every millet of the Empire was represented in Amasya in a particular village—such as a Greek village, an Armenian village, a Bosnian village, a Tatar village, a Turkish village etc. Please post - - Severan provincials - Amasia coins - big provincials - antything relevant. I would also be grateful if somebody can clarify the reverse design - as I think there is something between the altar and the eagle but I cannot determine this. Edited July 7, 2022 by ambr0zie 17 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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