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Marathos, Phoenicia, 173 - 172 B.C.
Marathos, the most northern coastal town in Phoenicia, was apparently under Ptolemaic hegemony when this coin was struck. The bust of Hermes is usually attributed to be also that of Ptolemy VI. Destroyed by its neighbor and rival Aradus, c. 145 B.C., Marathos was later rebuilt as a colony of Aradus.
GP73972. Bronze AE 21, Svoronos
1082 - 1085 (various controls); Duyrat Ateliers
252 - 261 (same); Cohen Dated
832; cf. HGC 10
194 (S); SNG Cop
-; BMC Phoenicia
-, F, black patina
, rough, corrosion, Marathos (near Tartus, Syria
) mint, weight
6.489g, maximum diameter
21.1mm, die axis
, 173 - 172 B.C.; obverse
laureate and draped bust
of Ptolemy VI as Hermes
over shoulder; reverse
Marathos standing left, apluster
in right, Phoenician date IIIIIIINNNN (year 87) on left, Phoenician MRT (Marathos) right, Phoenician control letters low across field
Catalog current as of Wednesday, May 22, 2019.
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