Cilicia Hieropolis- Castabala crown




Province Cilicia
City Hieropolis- Castabala
Size (mm) 21
Weight (g) 8.91
Die Axis 180
Tariff 2 assaria
Governor -
Ob. Leg. M OΠEΛΛI ANT[ ]
Ob. Desc. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right - seen from behind
Meaning Marcus Opellius Antonius
Rev. Leg. IEROPO KACT ABAΛ / ICPOC
Rev. Desc. Prize basket (or crown) between two lit torches
Meaning (Coin) of the residents of Hieropolis- Castabala – Blessings on the games
References; Collection; SNG France 2, 2242; Lindgren I 1515 (this coin), ANS 1970.142.715; IMHOOF ZFN 1883 S278,44; ISEGRIM 40315
Notes: The prize basket (sometimes referred to as a crown) was awarded to the victors of athletic or cultural contests at the religious games Greek cities loved to hold. This basket may not have had a bottom and may have been symbolic of victory at a named games. It is probable that the symbolism of the lit torch has passed down to the present day Olympic Games. The type is also thought to be associated with a festival of the fire walking cult of Artemis Perasia (Dapont Sommer, Robert L. - La deesse de Hierapolis-Castabala(1964)

This is also an example of an alliance coin. This is a purely Asia Minor and Thracian activity where ‘rival’ cities who had settled disputes or had decided to unite for other reasons issued a combined currency. Most common in the late second and third centuries some 87 cities were involved in issuing this type of currency.



Province Cilicia
City Hieropolis- Castabala
Size (mm) 21
Weight (g) 9.62
Die Axis -
Tariff 2 assaria
Governor -
Ob. Leg. M OΠEΛΛI ANT[ ]
Ob. Desc. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right - seen from behind
Meaning Marcus Opellius Antonius
Rev. Leg. ICPO-ΠO KACT ABAΛ / ICPOC
Rev. Desc. Prize basket (or crown) between two lit torches
Meaning (Coin) of the residents of Hieropolis- Castabala – Blessings on the games
References; SNG France 2, 2242 (same dies); Lindgren I 1515; ANS 1970.142.715; IMHOOF ZFN 1883 S278,44; ISEGRIM 40315; CNG 153 No. 167 (illustrated with permission)