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Live auction - bgr_689911 - CILICIA - TARSUS - DATAMES SATRAP Statère

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Type : Statère
Date: c. 378-362 AC.
Mint name / Town : Tarse, Cilicie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 20 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 10,11 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale bien centré des deux côtés. Très beau sujet inhabituel pour le revers. Patine de collection ancienne avec des reflets dorés


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Athéna casquée assise à gauche sur un trône, tenant une javeline de la main droite tendue, la bras gauche appuyé sur son bouclier ; derrière un olivier avec deux branches.


Reverse description : Jeune fille (Aphrodite) agenouillée à gauche, drapée, jouant aux osselets ; derrière une fleur de lotus.
Reverse legend : TERSIK[ON].
Reverse translation : (de Tarse).


Ce type semble infiniment plus rare que ne le laissent supposer les ouvrages généraux. C’est la première fois que nous proposons un exemplaire à la vente.

Historical background


(378-362 BC)

From 379 BC, Pharnabazes, satrap of Bithynia, was tasked to reconquer Egypt which had revolted under the leadership of Nectanebo I (380-363 AC.) Against Persian rule. Datamès, satrap of Cappadocia, was to assist him on behalf of Artaxerxes II (404-359 AC).. To prepare for this expedition, considerable quantities of metal were minted at Tarsus. First minted for Pharnabazes between 378 and 374, they were then made to Datames, who succeeded Pharnabazes in 374 BC, between 374 and 372. After the death of Pharnabazes, Datames received a very important commandment almost all of Asia Minor. It did not take long to rebel against the authority of the Great King. Datames died in 362 BC.

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