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Armenian Kingdom, Tigranes V (Herodian Tigranes I), c. 6 - 12 A.D.
"The reign of Tigranes V has generally been described as uneventful; his coins are similarly unremarkable. They do not commemorate any historical or military events but merely copy designs common to the Seleucid and autonomous city coinage of Mesopotamia, Syria, and Phoenicia. The standing Herakles/Vahagn, which was employed extensively by Tigranes the Great (CCA, 99-103), would have had particular appeal for the Phoenician population, as well as the Armenian." -- Frank L. Kovacs in "Tigranes IV, V, and VI: New Attributions"
SH66378. Bronze chalkous
, Kovacs AJN 20
10, Bedoukian CCA
156 (Tigranes IV), Nercessian
ACV 166 (same, half chalkous
), F, green patina
, tight flan
, off-center, Damascus
(?) mint, weight
2.347g, maximum diameter
13.7mm, die axis
, c. 6 - 12 A.D.; obverse
heavily bearded head
of Tigranes IV right, wearing Armenian tiara
BAΣIΛEΩC TIΓPANOY MEΓAΛOY, eagle
standing left, wings closed; rare
Catalog current as of Monday, March 18, 2019.
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