PONTOS KOMANA bronze minor 2nd-1st century BC


PONTOS, KOMANA, minor, no date (2nd-1st century BC), Obverse: Aegis with Gorgon head, Reverse: Nike advancing R, ΚΟΜΑ, ΜΑΡ monogram, bronze, 20mm, 7.25g, SG3657, aG

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Nike was the Greek version of the Roman Victory, a female personification of that quality. The Aegis was the shield of Zeus, in the center was the head of a Gorgon. These Nike / Aegis coins were made by several towns. Komana is scarce.

Komana (Comana Pontica) was an inland community in north central Anatolia. It was part of the Persian Empire, conquered by Alexander the Great, ruled by the Mithradatic dynasty until the coming of the Romans in the late first century BC.

We think that our culture grew out of the culture of Greece because it was in Greece (and in China) that people started thinking about how things could be different than they were in a world where everything was dangerous and might made right. They also established principles of artistic expression that we still use today. We see this approach to art in their coins.

Ancient Coins includes Greek and Roman coins and those of neighbors and successors, geographically from Morocco and Spain all the way to Afghanistan. Date ranges for these begin with the world’s earliest coins of the 8th century BC to, in an extreme case, the end of Byzantine Empire, 1453 AD.