Is this a Selge trihemiobol?

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  1. Pellinore

    Pellinore Well-Known Member

    This is one of the coins of my father-in-law, that I didn't pay much attention to. Is it a trihemiobol of Selge in Pisidia, about 400 BC? I hope some of you are willing to help me.
    It's rather blackish silver, very small: 9-11 mm diameter, and the weight is 0.89 gr.

    Helios.jpg

    Is that a Gorgon on the obverse, or Helios? and the goddess Helena on reverse? Thanks for helping.

    Correction: naturally, I meant Athena.
     
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  3. Ryro

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    It sure looks like Helios to me. Fun lil fella!
     
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    1st thought in my mind too..
     
  6. Pellinore

    Pellinore Well-Known Member

    Thanks very much. I checked it on CoinArchives and found many like it, mostly considered obols. None is exactly the same style, but then, my pic is not quite clear. I will file it as Selge, obol, 4th cent BC.
     
  7. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    There's some debate on the identity of the facing head. On some it looks like Helios, but on others it's unquestionably a Gorgon.

    I assume this is older? It has Athena with an eye facing the viewer, and the gorgon with a protruding tongue

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    A charming later example, looking more like Helios. These usually have an astragalos behind Athena
    imgonline-com-ua-twotoone-1krwqyWfZH.jpg
     
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