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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Hellenistic Monarchies| > |Kingdom of Characene| > GS55016
Kingdom of Characene, Attambelos I, c. 47 - 24 B.C.
Nicolet-Pierre, "Thionèsis, roi de Characène (25/24-20/19 ou 19/18 avant J.-C.)" in Revue Numismatique. 6e sér. 20 is the primary reference for Attambelos and Thionèsis, his successor. It does not include an example of an Attambelos coin for this date. The date is included in the listing on p. 52 with the note, "Trésor 1976 ?" This note seems to be questioning if an example was in the hoard found in 1976, the hoard which provided the impetus for her research. Prior to discovery of that hoard, and in accordance with Hill, it was believed Attambelos' coinage and presumably his reign ended in Seleukid year 279, 34 - 33 B.C. Nicolet-Pierre includes a specimen dated Seleukid year 288, 25 - 24 B.C.; which is now believed to be the last year of Attembelos' reign.
GS55016. Silver tetradrachm, Nicolet-Pierre Thionèsis -, Hill Attambelos -, et al. -; cf. Nicolet-Pierre Thionèsis, pl. IV, 18 (SE 288, same monogram above arm), aVF, Charax-Spasinu mint, weight 14.621g, maximum diameter 28.9mm, die axis 0o, 26 - 25 B.C.; obverse diademed head with long beard; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ / ATTAMBHΛOY behind, ΣΩTHPOΣ / KAI EYEPΓETOY before, Herakles naked seated left on a cuirass holding club, monogram above arm, Π below arm, ZΠΣ (year 287 Seleukid era) in exergue; possibly unique; SOLD


Hill, G. Attambelos I of Characene. Numismatic Notes and Monographs, no. 14. (New York, 1922).
Hill, G. Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum: Arabia, Mesopotamia and Persia. (London, 1922).
Mitchiner, M. Oriental Coins: the Ancient and Classical World. (London, 1978).
Nelson, B., ed. Numismatic Art of Persia. The Sunrise Collection, Part I: Ancient - 650 BC to AD 650. (Lancaster, PA, 2011).
Nicolet-Pierre, H. "Thionèsis, roi de Characène (25/24-20/19 ou 19/18 avant J.-C.)" in Revue Numismatique, 6e sér. 20 (1978), p. 46-55.

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