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Area: Roman Syria: Seleuceia Pieria
Period: 2nd Cent AD
Denomination: AE 21mm
Obverse: Veiled and turreted bust of city godess, left. "ΙΕΡΑ Cϒ ΑϒΤ ΝΟΜΩϒ"
Reverse: Winged thunderbolt on stool. "CΕΛΕϒΚΕΩΝ ΠΙΕΡΙΑC" "Δ" below stool.
Reference: BMC Syria P.272 for types. Similar to GIC 5195
Weight: 6.9 gms
Diameter: 20.6 mm


Seleucia Pieria was an ancient city of Syria founded in 300 BC by King Seleucus I, at the foot of the Pieria Mountains, north of the mouth of the Orontes River. The city was the seaport of Antioch and rose to great prominence during the wars between the Seleucids and the Ptolemaic dynasty for possession of Syria. The Romans officially recognized the independence of Seleucia about 70 BC. By the 5th century AD, however, the city had fallen into decay.

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