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Ancient Coins of Kasolaba, Caria

Long ascribed to Abdemon of Salamis on Cyprus, a prolific series of silver fractions was rightly identified as Karian by Troxell who had access to a number of specimens reportedly found in Karia. These fractions have a head of a ram on the obverse and a young male head in profile on the reverse. A late variant depicts the Persian hero-king instead of the ram. Besides the provenances, Troxell also pointed out that one of the letters found on these fractions is only known in the Karian script. Subsequent studies followed and some confirmed her firm attribution to Karia, but the mint remained uncertain. The most recent interpretation of the Karian script and some recorded provenances would indicate Kasolaba, a city which is mentioned in the Athenian Tribute Lists but whose precise location is uncertain.


Kasolaba, Caria, c. 410 - 390 B.C.

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One of the letters on most example of this type or is only known in the Karian script but determining the mint city within Karia is less certain. The most current interpretation of the inscriptions and some recorded provenances support Kasolaba, a city which is mentioned in the Athenian Tribute Lists but whose precise location is uncertain.
GS91765. Silver hemiobol, Konuk Kasolaba 4, SNG Keckman 902, SNG Tübingen 3319, Klein 498, Troxell Carians 9 var. (with ethnic), VF, nice style, light deposits, light marks, some porosity, weight 0.367 g, maximum diameter 6.9 mm, die axis 45o, Kasolaba mint, c. 410 - 390 B.C.; obverse head of ram right, anepigraphic; reverse young male head right, within a shallow round incuse, anepigraphic; $120.00 (€105.60)
 


Kasolaba, Caria, c. 410 - 390 B.C.

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One of the letters on most example of this type or is only known in the Karian script but determining the mint city within Karia is less certain. The most current interpretation of the inscriptions and some recorded provenances support Kasolaba, a city which is mentioned in the Athenian Tribute Lists but whose precise location is uncertain.
GS80413. Silver hemiobol, Konuk Kasolaba 10, SNG Kayhan 997, SNG Keckman 885, Troxell 9B, VF, weight 0.388 g, maximum diameter 6.21 mm, die axis 0o, Kasolaba mint, c. 410 - 390 B.C.; obverse head of ram right; reverse young male head right, Carian ethnic abbreviation: A - O divided low across field, within a shallow round incuse; SOLD


Kasolaba, Caria, c. 420 - 400 B.C.

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One of the letters on most example of this type or is only known in the Karian script but determining the mint city within Karia is less certain. The most current interpretation of the inscriptions and some recorded provenances support Kasolaba, a city which is mentioned in the Athenian Tribute Lists but whose precise location is uncertain.
GA72261. Silver hemiobol, Konuk Kasolaba 6bis, SNG Keckman 870, SNG Tübingen 3316, Klein 496, Troxell Carians 9A, SNG Kayhan -, SNG München -, SNG Cop -, VF, weight 0.507 g, maximum diameter 8.6 mm, die axis 270o, Kasolaba mint, c. 420 - 400 B.C.; obverse head of ram right; reverse young male head right, Carian ethnic abbreviation: - divided low across field; SOLD







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REFERENCES|

Adiego, I.-J. The Carian Language. (Leiden-Boston, 2006).
Babelon, E. Traité des Monnaies Grecques et Romaines. (Paris, 1901-1932).
Klein, D. Sammlung von griechischen Kleinsilbermünzen und Bronzen. Nomismata 3. (Milano, 1999).
Konuk, K. "Kasolaba, a new mint in Karia?" in Kermatia Philias (2009).
Konuk, K. "The Coinage of the Hekatomnids of Caria" in D. Phil. diss. University of Oxford (1998), p. 31-34.
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Deutschland, Münzsammlung Universität Tübingen, Part 5: Karien und Lydien. (Berlin, 1994).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Finland, The Erkki Keckman Collection in the Skopbank, Helsinki, Part 1: Karia. (Helsinki, 1994).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Turkey 1: The Muharrem Kayhan Collection.
Troxell, H. "Carians in Miniature" in Houghton, A., et al. Studies in Honor of Leo Mildenberg. (Wettern, 1984), pp. 248 - 257, pl. 40.

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