Almost a year ago i posted a coin of extreme rarity, at the time only two other specimens had been documented. I remember thinking to myself that i shouldn’t expect to see another coin of this type any time soon. Well that probability was higher than i anticipated, lo and behold i was completely wrong. I now own 50% of this type after spotting the coin below for sale quite recently. I am as you can imagine ecstatic over my latest find and pleased to be able to share this wonderful coin with you all.
Here is a reminder of what i wrote in my previous post from one year ago.
Era date 208 (CH) was as far as we know the last year these coins were produced and is the only coin to bare Greek lettering instead of the usual Phoenician dating system found on earlier coins. One can almost sense the Aradians despair while they attempted to hold on to their traditions, hence the Phoenician letter qoph to the left above the battering ram.
Aradian era date 208 :
CH (52/1 B.C), Qoph
1. 2184 *D265-R361, Berlin, SM, Löbbecke (1906). 2,68 g, 14,1 mm, 12 h.
2. 2185 *D266-R362, New York, ANS 1944 100 70699 Newell. 2,42 g, 13,7 mm, 12 h.
3. 2185b *D267-R363, Stockholm, Martin Rowe collection, AR-No.ZTR 208Q12-C (IA). 2,85 g, 14,02 mm, 12 h.
4. 2185c *D268-R364, Stockholm, Martin Rowe collection, AR-No.ZTR 208Q12-C (LE). 2,85 g, 14,26 mm, 12 h. (Image below)