Obol my head identifying this greek archaic obol

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Ryro, Nov 29, 2021.

  1. Ryro

    Ryro The last of the Diadochi Supporter

    The title says it all. Though, I do recognize the face and thought I would remember who it is (or at least the area it is from) when I bid the ten euro on this little snack...but am stuck. And whatever is on the reverse is so far off flan it is of almost no help here.
    While searching I was hopeful that it might be one of those Themistocles obols/hemiobols but don't think that is the case anymore.
    Here is the coin and the description from NBS:
    Greek AR Obol. 4-5th century BC.
    Condition: Very Fine
    Weight: 0,3 gr
    Diameter: 8,5 mm

    Anyone seen this guy before or want to point me in the right direction?
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  3. ambr0zie

    ambr0zie Dacian Taraboste

    That Δ behind bust is a start but for me at least for now is also a dead end.
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  4. ambr0zie

    ambr0zie Dacian Taraboste

    I think the correct orientation is

    and the reverse is a ram

    But this design is not exactly unique as I can find similar coins (unless the ram is just in my head):


    Salamis (and the type also attributed for Halikarnassos)

    The delta (very likely an A) would be a clue to develop the investigation :pompous: - but the coin seems similar to the Kasolaba example.

    Another even more similar Kasolaba
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  5. Ryro

    Ryro The last of the Diadochi Supporter

    Great eyes! I sure see the ram now that you have fixed the orientation! I am with you on the Kasolaba being the closest. Let's see if I can find one with the A...
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  6. ambr0zie

    ambr0zie Dacian Taraboste

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  7. Ryro

    Ryro The last of the Diadochi Supporter

    Very nice detective work my man! I was starting to lead to Kebren, as I saw a couple of rams heads from their with youthful male head but nothing as close as this. Kinda cool; "Kasolaba, a hitherto unlocated city known from Athenian tribute lists to have been situated somewhere between Halikarnassos and Mylasa. "We don't even know exactly where the place was!
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  8. ambr0zie

    ambr0zie Dacian Taraboste

    Yep, it's quite strange, I remember reading about this last year (a lost city). I got my Kasolaba coin last Christmas and almost forgot how much I like it. Very elegant and mine is also a "monster" 7 mm coin.
    Initially I though your coin is from Salamis but I am 99% sure that Kasolaba is correct.

    Here is in that auction the other Kasolaba coin with youthful man/ram - I lost this one (to be honest I like the one I won better) - the style is closer to yours at least on the ram.
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