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E-auction 587-544393 - bgr_823479 - CILICIA - TARSUS - PHARNABAZUS SATRAP Obole

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Estimate : 120 €
Price : 29 €
Maximum bid : 39 €
End of the sale : 15 July 2024 14:03:00
bidders : 7 bidders
Type : Obole
Date: c. 400-350 AC.
Mint name / Town : Tarse, Cilicie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 9 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 0,45 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée. Joli revers. Usure régulière. Patine grise


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)

As early as 379 BC, Pharnabazes, satrap of Bithynia, had been charged with reconquering Egypt which had revolted, under the leadership of Nectanebo I (380-363 AC.), against Persian domination. Datames, satrap of Cappadocia, was responsible for assisting 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 for Datames, who succeeded Pharnabazes in 374 BC, between 374 and 372. After the death of Pharnabazes, Datames received a very important command: practically all of Asia Minor. It was not long before he revolted against the authority of the Great King. Datames died in 362 BC..

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