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Denomination: Tetradrachm Date: c. 160
Description: Head of Amazon Cyme with diadem to r. Rev. KUMAIWN Horse to r. in laurel-wreath, l. foreleg over eagle on thunderbolt, vase with one handle below horse. MHTPOFANHS under base line.
CYME - An Amazon; her image survives on ancient coins from the Aeolian city of Kyme in Asia Minor that was named after her. A commander under Amazon Queen Myrine. Cyme or Cuma (κύμα) in Greek language means wave.
Cyme - one of the oldest and noblest of the Aeolian cities was probably a colony of Cyme in Euboea, though according to tradition it was founded by the Amazon Kyme. Its inhabitants were mainly agricultural, and averse to seafaring. The Aeolians regarded Cyme as the largest and most important of their twelve cities, which were located on the coastline of Asia Minor (modern day Turkey). As a result of their direct access to the sea, unlike most non-landlocked settlements of the ancient world, trade is believed to have prospered. Cyme is believed to be the source of the Cumae alphabet. Cyme struggled to be free of Persian domination but was only intermittently successful. Later it was a city of the Seleucids and ultimately of Rome.