Coin of Hierapolis in alliance with Sardis with bust of Commodus

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 180–192

Mint: Asia: Phrygia and Lydia, Hierapolis and Sardis (Alliance)


Diameter: 44 mm. Weight: 37.32 gm. Die Axis: 12

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust of Commodus to right.
Inscription in Greek.
Reverse: At left Apollo of Hierapolis stands, lyre in left hand, plectrum in right, facing towards cult image of Lydian Kore, between poppy stalk and cornstalk.
Inscriptions in Greek around and in exergue.


By 1970: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (auction 41, June 18-19, 1970, lot 467); by 1973: with A. H. Baldwin and Sons Ltd., 11 Adelphi Terrace, London WC2N 6BJ, England; purchased by MFA from A. H. Baldwin and Sons Ltd., March 13, 1974

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour