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Tarsos, Cilicia, c. 164 - 27 B.C.
The Tyche / Sandan type was the only autonomous silver issue of Tarsos. Sandan was a Hittite-Babylonian sun, storm, or warrior god, also perhaps associated with agriculture. The Greeks equated Sandan with Herakles (Hercules). At Tarsus an annual festival honored Sandan-Herakles, which climaxed when an image of the god was burned on a funeral pyre.
GS86512. Silver drachm
, cf. SNG Levante
925; SNG BnF
1295; BMC Lycaonia
p. 178, 94; SNG Cop
-, VF, bold strike, iridescent toning
, tight flan
, light marks, slight porosity
, Tarsos (Tarsus, Mersin, Turkey) mint, weight
3.918g, maximum diameter
16.1mm, die axis
, 164 - 27 B.C.; obverse
right, bead and reel border
; reverse Sandan
standing right on the back of a mythical horned and winged goat-like animal walking right, he draped and wears a high headdress, bow case and sword on his left side
, right hand extended, ax in left hand; two monograms
behind (off flan
), TAPΣEΩN (downward on right); from the David Cannon Collection, ex Beast Coins; very rare
Catalog current as of Saturday, May 25, 2019.
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