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Live auction - bgr_571790 - CILICIA - TARSUS - PHARNABAZUS SATRAP Statère

CILICIA - TARSUS - PHARNABAZUS SATRAP Statère AU/AU
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Starting price : 520 €
Estimate : 950 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 08 September 2020 14:32:31
Type : Statère
Date: c. 379-374 AC.
Mint name / Town : Tarse
Metal : silver
Diameter : 22,5 mm
Orientation dies : 1 h.
Weight : 10,74 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Très beaux portraits sur un flan légèrement ovale, décentré au droit, avec un petit écrasement sur le nez d’Aréthuse. Portrait de haut relief au revers avec une jolie patine de collection ancienne et des reflets mordorés

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête d’Aréthuse de trois quarts de face à gauche, les cheveux flottant au vent avec collier et boucles d’oreille.

Reverse


Reverse legend : LÉGENDE ARAMÉENNE (PHARNABAZOU KHILIK).
Reverse description : Tête de guerrier barbu (Arès ou Pharnabazes) à gauche, coiffé d’un casque à triple aigrette.

Commentary


Même coin de droit que l’exemplaire du Cabinet des médailles de la BnF (SNG France 2/ n° 246).

Historical background


CILICIE - TARSUS - satrap PHARNABAZES

(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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