Enjoying very much attributing this lot

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by cmezner, Dec 3, 2022.

  1. cmezner

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    Won a lot of 8 Greek coins recently. It was quite a fight :cool:
    Since it came without any attributions I'm having a great time attributing the coins. So far, I have only attributed this one - but haven't had the time to weigh or measure it yet.

    Please share lots you have won that you enjoy attributing.

    Ariobarzanes I Philorhomaios, AR Drachm
    Mint A (Eusebeia under Mount Argaios/Erciyas Dagi – Cappadocia’s holy mountain, date: year Λ (31) = 65 / 64 BC
    HGC 7, 846; BMC 22; Simonetta 45a Pl. VI, 7; Sear type 7300ff-7303; Mionnet IV, 53

    There are two catalogues by Simonetta, one is by Bono Simonetta, "The Coins of the Cappadocian Kings", Fribourg 1977, and another is by Alberto Simonetta, "The coinage of the Cappadocian kings: a revision and a catalogue of the Simonetta Collection", Parthica 9, 2007. The last one is more recent but somehow disputed. It is unclear which of these two catalogues is used for the attribution. Does anyone have this information?

    Ob.: Head of Ariobarzanes I in his mature years to right, wearing diadem
    Rv.: ΒΑΣiΛΕoΣ ΑΡΙoΒΑΡZΑΝo(Υ) ΦΙΛoΡΩΜΑΙo(Υ) Athena Nikephoros standing to l., wearing helmet and chiton, holding Nike in her outstretched r. hand holding wreath, and spear in her l. hand resting on shield, monogram to inner left. Mint and date AΛ

    Ariobarzanes' uses the epithet ΦΙΛΟΡΩΜΑΙΟΥ ("Philoromaios" meaning "Roman Loving") in the legend.
    It seems that the flan was quite small so some letters ("o") in the reverse legend are almost as large as a dot

    Pictures courtesy from Heritage

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    This is the lot:
    Lot of Greek coins.jpeg
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  3. romismatist

    romismatist Well-Known Member

    The one on the bottom right is likely an Ar stater of 465-430BC from Aspendos, Pamphlia with a triskeles of human legs on the reverse. There has been at least one recent hoard of these that has surfaced in recent years. The top row, second from right may be Larissa, Thessaly if there is a horse on the reverse, but I could be wrong on that one.
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  4. cmezner

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    Here are the reverses:
    Lot of Greek Coins-Rv.jpeg
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  5. cmezner

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    According to Bekirkan Taberer it is Aspendos-2 New Style, but he doesn't explain here what that means:
    it is notable the different positioning of the spear, in this case I think it is a sword, that the hoplite is holding. On this stater the handle is pointing at 13’ after eight.

    Maybe this is the attribution, well, it is what I have right now:

    SNG von Aulock 4477 or 4483; SNG Copenhagen 175; SNG BN 12; SNG France 3,1; Sear 5381; Bunbury 347;
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