Ancient Coinage of Seleukeia ad Issos, Cilicia


A city named Seleukeia on the Bay of Issos, named after one of the Seleukid kings, certainly existed in the late 80s BC. Its bronze coins can be dated between the late 2nd century BC and the end of the 1st century BC. The city’s name suggests that it was either on or near the coast of Cilicia or northern Syria. However, its precise location remains unknown.

See the Seleukeia ad Issospage with thumbnail images.

Levante p44Seleukeia on the Gulf of Issos. AE19, 2nd to 1st century BC. 6.91 g. Laureate head of Zeus or Dionysos right. / ΣEΛEYKEΩN TΩN ΠΡOΣ TO IΣΣIKΩ KOΛ-ΠΩI in four lines to right and left of thyrsos. Levante p. 44 in "Greek Imperial Coinage of Cilicia" (Nomismata 1, 1997); Ziegler in EA 33.TextImage
Ziegler EA 33, 2Seleukeia on the Gulf of Issos. AE16, 2nd to 1st century BC. 3.25 g. Veiled and turreted bust of Tyche right, eagle countermark. / ΣEΛEYKEΩN TΩN ΠΡOΣ TO IΣΣIKΩ KOΛΠΩI in four lines to right and left of two corn ears. Ziegler p 95-96 in "Seleukeia am Golf von Issos" (EA 33, 2001), (this coin).TextImage