Amateur Wrestling Collectibles Gallery
Ancient Coins


Greek silver stater coins of the City of Aspendus in Pamphylia

Between roughly 450 BC and 325 BC the Greek colony of Pamphylia produced a wealth of silver coins depicting wrestlers
in the city of Aspendus (also spelled Aspendos), now part of Asia minor in southwest Turkey. They were used throughout
the Mediterranean region and are plentiful today. The earliest coins show a variety of holds and moves by the
contestants. As of 385 BC magistrate one or two letter initials appear on most coins between the wrestlers' legs.


obverse and reverse, most typical position

385 BC, unusually high detail

wrist and arm

leg trip

torso/belt

leg/knee

leg/knee

elbows

Variety of Magistrate initials/letter combination marks (note slight position differences as well)


AA

AF

AK

AM

AN

AS

BA

BI

BL

DA

DP

DR

EI

ES

FH

FK

FN

H

IO

K

KF

KI

LF

ML

NF

P

PA

PO

SK

TN

Leaf icon

figure

characters



400 BC, unknown, slater?

400 BC, unknown, slater?

Calabria Tarentum diabol 280-228 BC
Hercules wrestles Antaeus

Corinthia- Corinth, Emperor Domitian, 81-96 AD
pseudo-autonomous issue

Egypt- Alexandria, Emperor Antonius Pius, 138-161 AD
bronze drachma, Hercules wrestles Antaeus

Egypt- Alexandria, Emperor Antonius Pius, 138-161 AD
Hercules wrestles Antaeus

Traos, Roman Empire, 138-217 AD

Thrace 138 AD

Thrace-Anchialus, Emperor Septimius Severus, 193-211 AD

Tarsus Cicilia, Emperor Caracalla, 193-211 AD

Bithynia, Emperor Caracalla, 198-217 AD

Emperor Caracalla, 198 AD, Hercules wrestles Antaeus

Thrace-Philippopolis, Emperor Elagabalus, 212-218 AD

Thrace- Philippopolis, Emperor Elagabalus, 212-218 AD
 

Syria- Seleukis and Pieria, Laodicea ad Mare
Emperor Elagabalus 212-218 AD

Pisidia- Selge, Empress Julia Mamaea 222-235 AD

Tartus Cicilia, Emperor Pupienus, 238 AD

Thrace- Bizya, Emperor Philip II, 244-247 AD

Roman 244 AD Philip I, Tarsus Wrestles Antaeus

Cilicia- Syedra, Emperor Gallienus, 253-268 AD

Cilicia- Syedra, spouse Salonia, 253-268 AD

Cilicia- Syedra, Emperor Valerian, 253-259 AD, Themian Games

Selagabalus Laidicia (unknown date)



Chinese "cash" coin, unknown year

1205 AD China Jin Dynasty pattern coin with wrestling figures


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