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E-auction 518-432569 - bgr_674392 - CILICIA - TARSUS Obole

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Estimate : 350 €
Price : 151 €
Maximum bid : 151 €
End of the sale : 20 March 2023 14:02:00
bidders : 7 bidders
Type : Obole
Date: c. 400-350 AC.
Mint name / Town : Cilicie, Tarse
Metal : silver
Diameter : 12 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 0,77 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan irrégulier bien centré des deux côtés. Joli droit. Revers de haut relief. Belle patine de collection ancienne avec des reflets dorés
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : LETTRE ARAMÉENNE.
Obverse description : Baaltars assis à gauche, nu jusqu’à la ceinture, tenant un épis de la main droite tendue et un scetre bouleté de la main gauche ; une grappe de raisin dans le champ à gauche et une lettre araméenne.


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Aigle debout à gauche dans un grènetis carré.


Poids léger. Ce type semble beaucoup plus rare que ne le laissent supposer les ouvrages généraux.

Historical background


(Fourth century BC)

Mythologically, Tarsus was founded by Argives who was leaving for Egypt in search of Io. The city is historically very old and was part of the Hittite and Assyrian empires before passing under Persian rule. The city fell into the hands of Alexander the Great on the eve of the Battle of Issus in 333 BC The city then became part of the Seleucid empire, but he was sometimes disputed by the Ptolemies. In the Hellenistic period, it became a major metropolis and a renowned center for his Stoic philosophy. Tigranes, king of Armenia, seized the city and ravaged. It was then temporarily occupied by the Parthians and Labienus threatening the province of Asia. Antony met Cleopatra at Tarsus and followed in Egypt. St. Paul was born in Tarsus of 8 in a Hellenized Jewish family.

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