This previously unpublished SÉRIE 3 has given me plenty of headaches recently. Going purely on appearance i was pretty certain that i had found a new era date, but due to the partially covered date i was prevented from publishing the coin earlier. Even with the use of different lighting setups and numerous magnifying glasses, i could not say with full certainty which era date was lurking under the remaining dirt on the coin. I found myself in limbo, should i attempt to clean the coin myself knowing that one slip up would erase the hidden part of the date forever or should i enlist the services of master coin cleaner and friend Lee Stevenson. I opted for the latter of course, seriously did you really think i would trust myself with such an important undertaking as this. I needed someone else to blame if things went horribly wrong. Fortunately my faith in Lee´s abilities were justified.
Thanks Lee for your invaluable help and for enabling me to confirm that this coin was indeed previously unpublished.
Has far as we know this series starts at year 45 (215-214 B.C) and ends at year 84 (176-175 B.C), with a gap in production spanning twelve years from year 72 to 84.
These unusual busts of Tyche with puffy cheeks only appear on SÉRIE 3 coins, with the closest match to my coin being that of era date 72. (See image 2 & 3 showing facial similarities)
Final attribution with era date 73;
Phoenicia, Arados 187-186 B.C
AE 13.98mm (Thickness 2.52mm), weight 2.54g, die axis = 11h (330 degrees), denomination C.
Obverse: Turreted head of Tyche right, border of dots.
Reverse: Prow of galley left, stem rising forward in a curve, Phoenician letters ? (?) and ayin (‘) on either side of AP, Aradian era date 73 below.