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Laranda, Lycaonia, c. 324 - 323 B.C.
Göktürk identifies this type as issued by Laranda, Lycaonia, which issued coins with the same types. Most references attribute the type to an uncertain city in Cilicia and some to Tarsos. Laranda was destroyed by Perdiccas in about 322 B.C. and later became a seat of Isaurian pirates. This type was minted with a progression of reverses, first with an incuse square, then a square border of dots, and finally with a circle of dots. The original archaic punch reverse gradually evolved into a regular die, nearly identical to an obverse die. This variant was struck near the end of that evolution, perhaps for the defense against Perdiccas.
GS89559. Silver obol, cf. Göktürk 59 (rev border single and square), SNG BnF 448 (same, uncertain Cilicia), SNG Levante 223 (single borders, rev square, uncertain Cilicia), VF, well centered, toned, light marks, some die wear, tiny edge cracks, Laranda (Karaman, Turkey) mint, weight 0.459g, maximum diameter 11.3mm, die axis 30o
, c. 324 - 323 B.C.; obverse Baal seated left on backless throne, holding grain ear in right, long scepter vertical behind in left; within a double circular border of dots; reverse forepart of wolf right, crescent horns downward above, all within a double circular border of dots; $70.00
Catalog current as of Wednesday, August 21, 2019.
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