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Coin from Antioch of Psidia of Philip II

Description: Coin from the Roman colony of Pisidian Antioch of Philip II. Obverse shows radiate bust right of Philip II. Reverse shows goddess standing by an altar, wearing a chiton and peplos, holding a spear in left hand and a short staff in her right hand, with a globe at her feet.
Date: 0247/0249
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Coin from the Byzantine Empire bearing likeness of Christ

Description: Coin from the Byzantine Empire, very likely from the reign of Basill II, bearing a faint front-facing bust of Jesus Christ. The obverse shows Christ surrounded by a nimbate cross. In his left hand is a book of the Gospels. Though worn, the lettering on the obverse flanking the portrait is likely IC-XC, an abbreviation for Jesus Christ. The reverse carries four lines of text reading IhSUS XRISTUS bASILEU bASILE, Jesus Christ King of Kings.
Date: 0976/1028
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Coin of Byzantine Emperor Phocas

Description: Coin from the Byzantine Empire very likely struck in the Antioch mint. The obverse bears a faint portrait of Phocas, crowned and facing front wearing consular robes. Though worn and lacking definitive detail, he is likely holding either a mappa and eagle-tipped sceptre or akakia and globus cruciger. Both variations were struck at the Antioch mint that same year. The reverse bears a large M.
Date: 0609/0610
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Coin of Pontos, Amisos

Description: Coin from the ancient Greek city of Amisos (Pontos). Obverse shows Athena bust right wearing a crested Attic helmet decorated with a Pegasus. Reverse shows Perseus standing left, holding the head of Medusa in his right hand with her body on the ground behind him.
Date: -0118/-0063
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Modern counterfiet of a coin from Macedon of Alexander the Great

Description: This is a modern cast counterfeit of a tetradrachm from Macedon from the reign of Alexander the Great. The originals were minted ca. 336-323 BCE. The obverse shows Heracles facing right wearing a lion-skin headdress. The reverse shows Zeus seated left, holding an eagle and sceptre with a torch in the left field. Very faint to the right of the seated figure is ALEXANDROU, Alexander. Since Alexander's program of hellenization through hegemony included common coinage, this example is as much a testimony to his military and political power as it is a method of economic exchange. For this reason, and due its high historic value, it is a common target of counterfeiters. The tell-tale sign of forgery in this case is evidence of casting; the original coins were struck from blanks.
Date: unknown
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