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« on: February 16, 2007, 10:01:56 pm »

Hello!

Am trying to figure this one out.... witih no inscription visible, it's a bit hard!  I am wondering who is on the obverse, and WHAT is on the reverse!  Any help/ideas are most welcome!

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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2007, 12:23:58 am »

Maybe its this:

ANTIOCHOS VII. SIDETES, 139-129. Bronze, Antiochia a. O., 139-138. bust of Eros Rv. BASILEWS / ANTIOCOU - EUERGETOU , Crown of Isis, Crescent, date DOR (= year 174). Houghton Coll. 275. BMC 73, 49.

Careful cleaning will show more details.

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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2007, 12:28:34 pm »

One more.  They vary in style.  Mine has no visible wing, but nice face.  Doubtless a statuary type of Eros head, but...  Pat L.
• 22 XI 00 AE17  (6.13g)  Antiochos VII Euergetes (Sidetes).  138-129 BC.  Winged bust of Eros, r., wreathed with myrtle.  Rev. Headdress of Isis.  Below, crescent (Seleucid date not visible).  Part of BASILEOS ANTIOCHOV and at left EVERGET[-- and monogram.  Same types as Sear 7098.
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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2007, 01:08:05 pm »

Thanks, Arminus & Slokind --

Yes, I think that's it.  It is a thick coin, and the style is certainly Seleucid! Coin is 18 mm. The coin already had been cleaned... I think the writing is just worn away (like on ALL my Seleucid coins Cry).

Many, many thanks!

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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2007, 12:04:58 am »

Especially for Antiochos VII, the little Eros head on this coin has a sub-Lysippic character to it, like that of the statuary type called the "Piping Faun" (with its tiny horns, it may be a Boy Pan, instead).  Anyway, here is its head, taken to match the Eros on the Seleucid bronze (profile to r.), which required shooting into the light.  That is why I think the coin type is based on a real statue of about 300 BCE, maybe a generation earlier.  Pat L.
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