Not the best strike of a coin


Imagine a warm sunny day in Marathos many years ago, two artisan engravers feeling the heat having hammered hundreds of coins. When from out of nowhere a damsel walks past the entrance to their workshop and the inevitable happens. A strike of flan, now i maybe clutching at straws but something took the strikers eye of the job momentarily as can be clearly seen on my latest purchase. A real pity because the reverse strike was infinitely better.

The coin seems to be unpublished in respect to the era date and does not share the same Phoenician letters of any other of it´s type.

Duyrat studied these coins in LES MONNAYAGES SYRIANS in 2002, working with 36 examples. In which the most recent coin that could be positively identified being of era date 108, she did however have three further coins that were deemed to be from 100+ but none of these share the same Phoenician letters.

I´m absolutely certain there are many more coins sharing the same date waiting to be discovered or possibly already residing in a collection elsewhere, but until they are published i will have to look upon my coin has a rarity.

The coins remarkably good reverse confidently helps me place it to a Aradian era date of 109.


Final attribution;

Phoenicia, Marathos 151-150 B.C

AE 16.95mm (Thickness 2.09mm), weight 3.11g, die axis = 1h (30 degrees), denomination C.

Obverse: Turreted head of Tyche right, palm frond over shoulder, border of dots.

Reverse: Marthos left, holding aphlaston and leaning on column, in lower left field gimel (G) with taw (T) below, in right field mem (M) resh (R) & taw (T) meanng Marathos with shin (S) below, far left Marathenian (=Aradian) era date 109 read upwards.


By Coins Of The Southern Levant Posted in Marathos

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