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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Anatolia| > |Cilicia| > GB97284
Tarsos, Cilicia, c. 164 - 37 B.C.
|Cilicia|, |Tarsos,| |Cilicia,| |c.| |164| |-| |37| |B.C.|, NEWThe patron god of the Tarsos was Sandan and a large monument to Sandan existed at Tarsos until at least the 3rd century A.D. 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, as depicted on this coin, an image of the god was burned on a funeral pyre. It is now thought likely that the Lion of Saint Mark on the pillar in the Piazza San Marco in Venice was in origin a winged lion-griffin from a monument at Tarsus.
GB97284. Bronze AE 20, SNG BnF 1335; SNG Levante 943 var. (only the top 2 monograms); BMC Lycaonia p. 180, 106 ff. var. (monograms), VF, porous, reverse a little off center, beveled obverse edge, Tarsos (Tarsus, Mersin, Turkey) mint, weight 6.506g, maximum diameter 19.9mm, die axis 0o, c. 164 - 37 B.C.; obverse veiled and turreted head of Tyche right; reverse Sandan cult image standing right on horned and winged animal, on a garlanded base and within a pyramidal pyre surmounted by an eagle, three control monograms in column on left: ΠA / HB / AP, TAPΣEΩN downward on right; $90.00 SALE |PRICE| $81.00











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