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Iberia: AR Denarius Of Bolskan

 
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 Posted 11/17/2017  4:30 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Finally able to mark this one off my want list

Iberia, early Roman period (150-100 BC)
Bolskan (modern day Huesca in Aragon)
AR Denarius, 18mm, 3.69g
Bearded male head right, Iberian "BoN" behind
Horseman galloping right, welding lance, Iberian BoLSKaN in ex.




Before it was a Roman province, Hispania was colonized by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Celts between 800-200 BC. Carthage was the first to introduce the natives to written language and urbanization, and may have introduced coinage as well. Hispania played a crucial role in Carthage's invasion of Europe during the Second Punic War, and as a result all Carthaginians were forced from the Peninsula at the war's conclusion in 201 BC. The process of colonization was slow from that point, as the Senate saw very little gain from an organized campaign of conquest. Local governors were allowed autonomy, expanding through diplomacy and reactionary campaigns against local rebellions. The conquest was finally complete only under Augustus in 19 BC.

Bolskan was one of the more prolific Iberian mints during this period, and like many others, clung to its Punic cultural Heritage. It was refounded as Osca in 37 BC.

Probably my favorite thing about this coin is the Iberic script, found only on a handful of coin types, and surviving as a modification of Phoenician to suit the unique structure of the indigenous language. In particular, I like the letter "Bo" that featured prominently as a six-sided star or asterisk!
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 Posted 11/17/2017  5:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow nice coin!Love the portrait!
I've always liked the look of these coins,something to do with the style used to highlight the beard, but never read about them,too busy looking into others I'm collecting at the mo.And excuse my ignorance here but I didn't realise the meaning of Bolskan,as I have a small plot of land that I spend weekends at 10 mins outside of Huesca,so will now try to aquire one.Great write up as well .
Thanks for sharing
Must say you've been picking up some nice coins lately!
Keep en coming
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 Posted 11/17/2017  5:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is really cool! Have you ever tried metal detecting on your land? You could find one for free!
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 Posted 11/17/2017  6:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great pick-up.
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 Posted 11/17/2017  7:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Doucet to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That's a nice one Finn!

Good deep strike and cool wear. It circulated well before it was lost.

How many hands did pass thru?

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 Posted 11/17/2017  8:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Lots of detail remaining. Sweet pick-up!
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 Posted 11/23/2018  1:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Once again inspired by Steve , I've expanded my Greek coin collection.

I recently picked up this Bolskan Denarius. The toning and remaining details are quite nice, but I was most happy to have provenance on this one dating back to the Superior Stamp & Coin Auction in June 1998. I have it attributed as Burgos 1501 and GC&V 11, but note that the date on these coins seems to be a bit fuzzy. I've seen possible ranges of 204 to 154 BC, 204 to 100 BC, 180 to 20 BC, and 150 to 100 BC listed for this coin.

Anyone know the most recent thinking with regard to dating them? Or is there some subtle design detail which permits dating these to specific time periods?







For folks looking into this series, I strongly recommend the tesorillo website in general and this specific page (a re-print of a 2006 article by Manuel Gonzalbes in NVMISMA) which covers some of the reasons for the equestrian theme on so many coins of this region and time period:

http://www.tesorillo.com/articulos/.../jinetes.htm
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 Posted 11/23/2018  3:23 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Super coin Dave, really like the toning.
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 Posted 11/24/2018  10:51 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Superb example - love that toning! Interesting that there are slight differences in the style of the portrait - yours looks a bit more Celtic, and mine a bit more Greek. I had always assumed the differences were locational, not temporal or simply down to the celatore's style.

I did a bit more poking around, and I can't find a solid answer, except that the town was Latinized and refounded as Osca in 37 BC.
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Ok thx for following up about the date @finn. I guess I'll just go with the date range that it was listed as when I bought it (180 to 20 BC).
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 Posted 01/25/2019  10:14 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Veton to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice coins: about the date, in the opinion of many of scholars, the use of iberian script for coins ended in 45 BC with Caesar, but after Sertorio,s civil war (82-72 BC) most of mints of this area closed, also Bolskan and did not mint again till 39 BC (but with latin script).

According "Diccionario de Cecas y Pueblos hispánicos" (M. P. García-Bellido, C. Blazquez, 2001) they distinguish a first issue ca. 150-140 BC but with legend in arch. There are three more till Sertorian war, with straight legends, but I am not able to distinguish one from the other. So -perhaps- it is more accurate a date from ca. 150 to 72 BC.

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 Posted 01/26/2019  08:02 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Good information to add to this thread. Thanks @veton!
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