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Parthian Vardanes I Tetradrachm

 
 
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 Posted 01/04/2019  6:40 pm Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Also won this coin from the same seller.

AR Tetradrachm
Parthian
Vardanes I 40-45 AD
27mm x 13.60g
Seleuceia mint
Dated to November 43 AD
27mm x 13.60g
Bankers mark on the obverse.
Sellwood 64.21



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 Posted 01/04/2019  7:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A very nice example, with clear year and month. It's always nice to be able to pin down the minting date that closely.
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 Posted 01/04/2019  8:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ron, that is a nice Parthian pickup. That banker's mark is hidden enough in the portrait that I didn't even notice it at first.
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Bob thanks for the help with the year and Sellwood number. Dave I think the bankers mark makes the coin more interesting.
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 Posted 01/05/2019  03:51 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great start to the New Year Ron!
Excuse my ignorance here but were the bankers marks used to authenticate the coin?
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Reverse detail is fantastic on this coin, you can even make out the facial features of the king. I have to wonder how they were able to carve something so small back than. They must had had some type of magnification.
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They must had had some type of magnification.


I agree. Not definitive evidence, but certainly possible:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nimrud_lens
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The "banker's mark" looks to me like a test punchmark, to make sure the coin is silver and not just silver-plated. These test marks are common on coins from India, not sure how common from Persia.
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Exactly. Here's a similar test punch from a Volo I tet (from CNG), below. I like how, in both cases (Ron's coin and this one), the king's facial features were respected by the person doing the punch:

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 Posted 01/13/2019  4:55 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very similar, wounder if they were from the same punch?
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...the same punch?


What's neat here is that we know when the coins were struck: yours, Ron, in 43 AD. The Volo I was struck in 63/64 AD - so twenty years later. Given the gap of two decades, I suspect these are from different punches. However, of course, it's certainly possible that the Vardanes was still in circulation at the time of Volo I's reign...so who knows?
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