Double Struck Reverse


Phoenicia, Arados 130-129 B.C

AE 21.85mm (Thickness 2.76mm), weight 6.81g, die axis = 12h (0 degrees), denomination B.

Obverse: Turreted head of Tyche right, braided ponytail, palm frond behind.

Reverse: Poseidon seated left on prow of galley left with (Ἀθηνᾶ Πρόμαχος) Athena figurehead, holding wreath in right, trident in left, Phoenician letters nun (N) and aleph (´) above, Aradian era date 130 below. (Double strike has obliterated Phoenician letter normally found far bottom)

Quite a common coin in most respects when taking into consideration era date and type, apart from this coin has clear ghosting on the reverse side with significant distancing between strikes. Note the dual dating below with the first strike covering the lower part of the galley just right of the battering ram, also one can clearly see Athena x2 top left and two wreaths between Poseidon and Athena. Personally i feel these double strikes are still an attractive buy for any collector and writing about them will help to increase the curiosity surrounding these uniquely struck mints. To a specialist collector like myself these coins need to be documented and kept save for future generations.


By Coins Of The Southern Levant Posted in Arados

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