The object of these pages is to list and categorise every known Roman Provincial coin bearing the image of Diadumenian. These pages are based around my own collection but are heavily supplemented with the use of many other images and references to other collections or sales. In the 'Articles' section are lists of known die matches for some of the large production mints.

While most reference works examining the output of Roman provincial coinage usually consider the mint as the axel around which other factors turn, that was not an approach which appealed to me, as my interest lay in examining the iconography of Diadumenian across the Roman influenced world. Published works are, of course, invaluable and where appropriate have been referenced, but these references are disparate and it is expensive to obtain a complete listing for Diadumenian from current sources as there are often only a few relevant coins in each publication. Therefore, within this site, I have given previous published references where possible. Increasingly, reference material is available online and freely accessible and these sources have also been used extensively. Quality control with online sources can be an issue but with care and attention a great deal of information can be gleaned there. There are no silver coins in the collection but these have been covered thanks to Michel Prieur who has allowed me to include examples from his database. I have not attempted to place values on any of the coins as there are freely available online sources which will give better and more current guidance in this area. Generally speaking, good quality examples from the non Moesia Inferior or Thracian Provinces are scarce or rare, and values would be comparable to other similar scarce coins of those mints.

It should be obvious, but I will re-iterate that nothing is for sale - however I am always interesting in acquiring examples to fill in the gaps or upgrade. I think I have permission to use all the pictures which are not my own but if I have overlooked one please let me know.

I hope this is of interest.



Malcolm Megaw ©
Cibyra - Zeus

Background References Links Other Coins Legends
A brief background to Diadumenian and
his bronze provincial coinage
References used and consulted Links to other useful sites Other coins in the collection A listing of legends you might expect to find

Articles
Die tables
Clickable Maps
Congress of Princes (New!)
Original articles about Diadumenians coins
Tables of die links between the coins from a single mint
Maps showing which mints produced the coins
A remarkable photograph taken in Frankfurt 1863


Latest additions (updated 19th November-2010)

Herculea Pontica

Thyatria

Nicomedia

Nicopolis ad Istrum




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Roman Provincial Coinage bearing a portrait of Diadumenian

Provinces and mints
Many regional mints issued coins bearing Diadumenian's portrait. The following list is an comprehensive one that covers every mint currently known (to me) to have issued such coins. The vast majority of these are bronze, though the eastern province of Syria issued a large volume of silver. There are undoubtedly other examples from these mints that I am unaware of so if you know of any (particularly if you have a picture) please let me know.

It can be difficult, particularly for the Moesia Inferior mints, to quantify what exactly is a 'type'. There are sometimes subtle differences in the design of the reverse that some may class as varients, others may class as a different type. Here, for example, for Marcianopolis 5 assaria issues I have divided the obverse types into three, Macrinus - Diadumenian busts; Macrinus - Diadumenian heads; and Diadumenian - Macrinus heads. When cataloguing these coins by reverse I have tried to be reasonably consistent and only used substantive differences to distinguish. It is possible, with all these coins, to become familiar with the actual dies used so a mere die difference does not constituent a different type but is of interest none-the-less.



As of August 2007 the order in which the the issuing cities are displayed has been altered to reflect the forthcoming RPC (Roman Provincial Coinage) publication. Special thanks to Michel Amandry for assistance with this.




Macedonia
Amphipolis
Cassandrea
Edessa
Macedonian Province
Thessalonika

Thrace
Byzantium
Deultum
Note: examples from both Philippopolis and Trajanopolis were reported by Moushmov, and Apollonia Pontika by both Moushmov and the ANS, but are unlikely to actually exist.

Moseia Inferior
Due to the large variety of types from these two mints, the listings have been subdivided into denominations (sizes).
If you are interested in actual dies, try selecting the general type and there may be more die variations listed in the detailed page. i.e., scroll down, or check the die tables section

Marcianopolis - 1 assarion
Marcianopolis - 2 assaria
Marcianopolis - 3 assaria
Marcianopolis - 5 assaria
Nicopolis ad Istrum 1 assarion
Nicopolis ad Istrum 3 assaria
Nicopolis ad Istrum 4 assaria

Bithynia-Pontus-Paphlagonia
Amisus
Caesarea Germanica
Cius
Heracleia Pontica
Nicomedia
Prusa ad Hypium
Prusa ad Olympum
Sinope
Trapezus (Error)


Asia
Conventus of Adramyteum
Alexandria (Troas)
Illium (Troy / Hamaxitus)

Conventus of Alabanda
Aphrodisias
Apollonia Salbace
Heracleia Salbace

Conventus of Apamea
Apamea
Lysias

Conventus of Cibyra
Cibyra

Conventus of Cyzicus
Apollonia
Cyzicus

Conventus of Ephesus
Colophon
Ephesus

Conventus of Miletus
Samos

Conventus of Pergamum
Thyatira

Conventus of Sardis
Philadelphia
Sardis

Conventus of Synnada
Cotiaeum
Docimeium
Dorylaeum
Midaeum
Synnada
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Pamphylia
Aspendus
Attaleia
Magydus
Perga
Side
Sillyum

Galatia
Ancyra
Germa
Tavium

Pisidia
Adada
Sagalassus

Cappadocia
Caesarea

Cilicia
Adana
Aegeae
Anazarbus
Anemurium
Celenderis
Corycus
Elaeusa Sebaste
Flaviopolis
Hieropolis - Castabala
Mallos
Mopsus
Pompeiopolis
Seleuceia ad Calycadum
Tarsus
Tracheia Sebaste

Mesopotamia
Carrhae
Edessa
Rhesaena - Imperial Silver only!

Syria
Antioch (inc. Seleucia Pieria)
Beroea - Silver only!
Caesarea Panias
Cyrrhus - Silver only!
Emisa - Silver only!
Gabala
Heliopolis
Laodiceia ad Mare

Phoenicia
Akko Ptolemais
Arados - Silver only!
Berytos
Byblus
Tripolis
Tyre

Judaea
Aelia Capitolina (Jerusalem)
Ascalon
Eleutheropolis
Gaza - silver only!
Joppa

Samaria
Caesarea Maritima
Neapolis

Arabia
Gadara, (Decapolis)

Egypt
Alexandria




Running totals (general types - not dies)

Total bronze provincial coins with a Diadumenian portrait catalogued = 483 (11/2/08)

Total billon provincial coins with a Diadumenian portrait catalogued = 4 (23/8/07)

Total silver provincial coins with a Diadumenian portrait catalogued = 28 (23/8/07)

Running totals
Diadumenian Provincial - collection total
Other Roman Provincial - collection total
Roman Imperial - collection total
Other Ancient coins - collection total
329
36
111
To be established

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