Lydia, Hierocaesarea, Civic/Pseudo Autonomous, Artemis & Altar
Æ 14mm/1.9gm, Struck ca. early 1st Cent. AD
Con/ VF+ (for the issue), brown patina and 100% better in hand
Obv/ Artemis Persica bust r., with quiver behind shoulder and bow before
Ref/ Greek inscription; flaming altar
Ref/ SNG Cop 174
Seller's Note/ The Iron Age Kingdom of Lydia (Western Turkey) was one of the first to strike coins in gold and silver. A proud kingdom, it was nearly reduced to ashes with the advent Alexander the Great. In the 2nd century BC, the Romans decided they liked the look of Lydia, invaded, and called it their Province of Asia. Under Roman domination, the city of Hierocaesarea was allowed to continue to strike their own city issues until the time of Nero when their coins began to feature the names of Roman emperors. Our example is a note-worthy, rare, and highly collectable example of these last Civic Issues.