The little figure at the feet of Astarte or Tyche on coins from other cities in the region, e.g. Sidon in Phoenicia, Gadara in the Decapolis, has occasionally been described as Eros, but is more likely to be the so-called “Marsyas of the Forum” (a common type on Colonial coins) or a river-god.
* Berytus in Phoenicia, coins of Macrinus (not illustrated), Diadumenian (not illustrated) and Elagabalus.
Æ 31, 6 h, 19.69 g. Obv. IMP CAES M AVR ANTONINVS AVG. Laureate bust draped and cuirassed r. Rev. COL IVL AVG FEL, in exergue BER. Astarte standing facing in tetrastyle temple, holding standard; she is being crowned by Nike on a column, and to her l. and r. are little figures (Erotes?) holding up objects, perhaps globes; on the roof are Nikai holding wreaths and (in the centre) Beroë and Poseidon; on each side of the temple steps is an Eros riding on a dolphin and holding a trident.
References: BMC 165; SNG Copenhagen 112
Reference: BMC 169
References: BMC 175-82; SNG Copenhagen 114; SNG Righetti 2250; Bernhart, Aphrodite, 337
Rarity: Very common