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Live auction - bgr_605334 - CILICIA - TARSUS - PHARNABAZUS SATRAP Obole

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Estimate : 250 €
Price : 150 €
Maximum bid : 152 €
End of the sale : 28 July 2020 14:23:21
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Obole
Date: c. 400-350 AC.
Mint name / Town : Tarse, Cilicie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 10,5 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 0,67 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Bel exemplaire, centré des deux côtés. Superbe loup de haut relief et finement détaillé. Patine grise de collection


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Baaltars nu jusqu’à la ceinture assis à gauche sur un trône sans dossier, tenant de la main droite un épi et une grappe de raisin et un long sceptre de la main gauche.


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Protomé de loup à droite, surmonté par un croissant dans un carré linéaire.


Au droit, Baaltars tient bien un épi ou une branche et pas un aigle ou une niké comme décrit dans certains ouvrages.

Historical background


(379-374 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 Datamès, who succeeded Pharnabazes in 374 BC, between 374 and 372. After the death of Pharnabazes, Datamès received a very important commandment almost all of Asia Minor. It did not take long to rebel against the authority of the Great King. Datamès died in 362 BC.

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