Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Colby J., Nov 19, 2019.
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There are a huge number of dates and variations of Greek and Phoenician inscriptions on these.
Is the legend for this variety in Greek or Phoenician? Or maybe some have both? I've been researching this coin and I can't find anything on the legend. This is the one that closest resembles my coin though: https://www.vcoins.com/en/stores/sh...5__145_bc_zeus__ships_ram/438582/Default.aspx
I have also tried to translate the legend for the readable µ
for Phoenician: MeM RIME∏
for Greek: MP
And what about dating the coin? Is there markings to look for to "date" it?
Phoenicia, Arados, Era date 215: CIE (beth) 45/4 BC, AE15, 3.82g
Obv: Braided, bearded head of Zeus r.; within circle of dots
Rev: Prow of galley l. with Athena Promachos fighting as figure-head; above ΙΔ; below CΙΕ
Ref: Duyrat série 10, SNG Copenhagen 382 (as uncertain mint), BMC Phoenicia p. 297 #2
The legend has Greek, Latin, and Phoenician letters together, which is unusual! I struggled with it until I found the examples in Copenhagen and the BM.
There is a long thread on Arados bronzes on another forum which is very helpful to understanding the dates.
Separate names with a comma.