Ancient Coinage of Phrygia, Alia



The location of ancient Alia is unknown, but some authorities suggest it may be modern day Banaz, known for its hot springs which are, however, not referred to on Alian coins. Others suggest it may have been near Asar.
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CIVIC AND SEMI-AUTONOMOUS COINAGE
Aulock Phrygien 42Alia, Phrygia, AE18 semi-autonomous issue. AD 98-117. 3.67 g. AITHCAMENOY ΦΡOYΓI, laureate and draped bust of Men right, on crescent right, wearing Phrygian cap / ΔHMOC AΛIHNΩN, Demos of Alia standing left, holding grain ears and sceptre. Aulock, Phrygien I 42-43; SNG von Aulock 3386; Imhoof KM 3.TextImage
BMC 1Alia, Phrygia, AE25 semi-autonomous issue, AD 98-117. IEΡA CYNKΛHTOC, bare-headed, draped bust of the Senate right. / AITHCAMENOY ΦΡOYΓI AΛIHNΩN, MÍn standing left, crescent on shoulders, wearing Phrygian cap, holding pine cone and sceptre. BMC 1 (this coin); Aulock Phrygien 39-41; Imhoof KM 2; Mionnet 4, 131.TextImage
BMC 4 corr.Alia, Phrygia. AE16 semi-autonomous issue, AD 161-180. 3.21 g. Magistrate Agreus. AΛIHNΩN, draped bust of Hermes right, caduceus over shoulder. / AΓΡEYC ANEΘHKEN, Telesphoros standing front, wearing hooded cloak. Obv. description corr. of Aulock Phrygien 62 = BMC 4 = Martin, Demos Alia 5. On the cited coin the caduceus on the obverse is worn and only partly visible.TextImage
BMC 5Alia, Phrygia. AE20 semi-autonomous issue, AD 238-244. ΔHMOC retrograde, draped bust of Demos left, hair bound in a taenia. / AΛIHNΩN, Apollo walking right, naked but for chlamys and quiver over shoulder, holding bow. BMC 5; Aulock Phrygien 63-68; Imhoof KM 11; RPC VII.1 698; Kurth Demos 268.TextImage
Imhoof KM 1Alia, Phrygia, AE28 semi-autonomous issue. AD 161-180. 9.85 g. AΓΡEYC ACIAΡXHC AΛIHNΩN ΔHMON, bearded head of Demos right, slight drapery on left shoulder. / Γ ACIN AΓΡE ΦIΛOΠAΠΠOC ANEΘHKEN, tetrastyle temple. Imhoof KM 1; Aulock Phrygien 54-55.TextImage
Naumann 75, 427Alia, Phrygia, AE22, semi-autonomous issue. AD 238-244. 5.22 g. IEΡA BOYΛH, veiled and draped bust of Boule right. / AΛIHNΩN, Apollo walking right, shooting arrow from bow. Unpublished with Boule on obv. Naumann 75,427.TextImage
Paris 255Alia, Phrygia, AE16 civic issue. AD 30-276. 2.36 g. Helmeted head of Athena right. / AΛIHNΩN, humped bull standing right. Paris 255; Aulock Phrygien 36-38; Hand-written addition in Mionnet Supp. 7 in Paris.TextImage
TRAJAN
BMC 6Trajan, AE31 of Alia, Phrygia. AD 98-117. Magistrate Ga. Asin. Frugi. 14.63 g. AY KAI ΘEOY YO NEΡOYA TΡAIANOC CE ΓEΡMANIKOC, laureate head right. / AITHCAMENOY ΓA ACIN ΦΡOYΓI AΛIHNΩN, MÍn, wearing Phrygian cap and with crescent on shoulders, riding right, cloak waving out behind. BMC 6; Aulock Phrygien 72; Imhoof KM 1A; Lane MÍn II, 4A; RPC 2613.TextImage
ANTONINUS PIUS
Aulock Phrygien 77Antoninus Pius AE29 of Alia, Phrygia. 13.9 g. Magistrate Asinius Agreus. AD 138-161. AYT KAI AΔΡI ANTΩNEINOC, laureate head right / ACIN AΓΡEYC AΡXIEΡΩ ANEΘ AΛIHNOIC, MÍn, wearing Phrygian cap, bipennis over shoulder, on horseback pacing right. Aulock Phrygien 77 (this coin); Righetti Coll. Sale Part V, 423; SNG Righetti 950 corr.; Lane Men II, 5.TextImage
MARCUS AURELIUS
Lowe 1407Marcus Aurelius (as Caesar) AE17 of Alia, Phrygia. Magistrate G. Asineus Agreus Philopappos. M AY OYHΡOC KAICAΡ, bare head right / AΓΡEYC AΡXIEΡA AΛIHNOIC, Artemis standing half right, holding bow and drawing arrow from quiver at shoulder. Apparently unpublished reverse type for Alia. David Lowe coll. 1407.TextImage
CARACALLA
BMC 7Caracalla, AE25 of Alia, Phrygia. AD 198-217. 6.22 g. AY K M AY ANTΩNEINOC, laureate, cuirassed bust right. / AΛIHNΩN, Hygieia standing right, feeding serpent in arms and facing Asklepios standing front, looking left, leaning on serpent-entwined staff. BMC 7-8; Aulock Phrygien 86-88; Waddington 5596.TextImage
GORDIAN III
Aulock Phrygien 124-125Gordian III, AE25 of Alia, Phrygia. AD 238-244. 5.56 g. AYT K M ANT ΓOΡΔIANOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. / AΛIHNΩN, Hygieia standing right, feeding serpent in arms, facing Asklepios, standing front, looking left, resting on serpent-entwined staff. Aulock Phrygien 124-125; Waddington 5598; Engel 20 in RN 1884; RPC VII 695.TextImage
Aulock Phrygien 121Gordian III, AE of Alia, Phrygia. AD 238-244. 6.11 g. AYT K M ANT ΓOΡΔIANOC, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right / AΛIHNΩN, tetrastyle temple with shield or patera in the pediment. von Aulock, Phrygien 121; SNG Cop. 111.TextImage
BMC 11Gordian III AE21 of Alia, Phrygia. AD 238-244. 2.88 g. AYT K M ANT ΓOΡΔIANOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. / AΛIHNΩN, Tyche standing left, holding rudder and cornucopiae. BMC 11; Aulock Phrygien 97-103; SNG von Aulock 3389; SNG Cop 110.TextImage
BMC 12Gordian III, AE26 of Alia, Phrygia. AD 238-244. 6.01 g. AYT K M ANT ΓOΡΔIANOC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / AΛIHNΩN, Dionysus standing left, holding kantharos and thyrsus, panther at foot left. BMC 12; Von Aulock, Phrygiens 127-155; SNG vA 3390; Weber 7007.TextImage
RPC 696Gordian III, AE of Alia, Phrygia. AD 238-244. 6.70 g. AYT K M ANT ΓOΡΔIANOC, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right / AΛIHNΩN, Dionysos standing left, holding kantharos and thyrsos, panther at feet left. RPC 696; Von Aulock (1980) 150.TextImage
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