Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Victor_Clark, Sep 23, 2020.
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Looks like Herkles obverse, Apollo reverse. A quick stroll through ACsearch suggests this is from Lydia, Sardes, although I don't see one with that magistrate listed (Aristokles, if I'm reading the reverse correctly).
LYDIA, Sardes. Circa 133 BC-AD 14. Æ (15mm, 7.74 g, 12h). Menoitos, magistrate. Laureate bust of a Herakles right, with lion's skin tied around neck / Apollo standing left, holding crow an laurel branch; MHN–OITOΣ downward to lft; all within laurel wreath. Johnston 226. VF, earthen black patina.
It is very chunky:
Lydia, Sardes Æ 14
(c. 200-133 B.C.)
Laureate head of youthful Herakles right, in lionskin / ΣAΡΔIANΩN Apollo standing
left, holding raven and laurel branch, monogram in left field, all in laurel wreath.
SNG Cop. 484-489 var. (mono.).
(6.63 grams / 14 mm)
I could not find an exact match for this monogram; also, later (14-37 A.D.) issue is noted with bearded Herakles - this one is bearded or flan irregularities?
Separate names with a comma.