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Tiny Ae Coin ID Help 1 - Parthian?

 
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 Posted 09/29/2021  9:06 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add january1may to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I've bought a bunch of ancients recently, and will probably be posting some of them for ID in the next few days and/or weeks.

Starting with two tiny bronze coins... this one is the smaller of the two, at least in diameter.



Fairly sure it's Parthian, but I'm not very good at Parthian AE fractions. Do they even get that small?

9x8 mm. Misplaced my scale, so can't give weight at the moment. Sorry for photo quality, that thing's tiny.
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 Posted 09/29/2021  9:55 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, Parthian. Likely a Sellwood 53.19, Phraates IV chalkous. Archer/legend reverse.
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 Posted 09/29/2021  10:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add january1may to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks! From the online pictures, that looks like a match.

You say "likely"; are there other similar types?
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 Posted 09/29/2021  10:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I would need time to verify - which, sadly, I don't have right now. But I'm reasonably confident in the ID. There are not many Parthian chalkoi with seated archers - a motif that is, of course, more commonly associated with drachms. Furthermore, there are even fewer AE's with archers AND legends. This may very well be the sole candidate. But, again, I'd need time to confirm by perusing Sellwood. I'm swamped for the next week, but if you PM me sometime after that, I would be able to confirm.
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 Posted 09/29/2021  10:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add january1may to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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There are not many Parthian chalkoi with seated archers - a motif that is, of course, more commonly associated with drachms.
Yeah, when I posted that coin elsewhere (a few hours ago), I was immediately told it's a drachm. When I mentioned the size I was told it's an obol and given a link to a type that clearly didn't match by motif.

Take your time, of course! I didn't intend to intrude on you; I was just wondering if "likely" meant something to the effect of "there are three types it could be but two of them are very rare".
Either way, probably worth the 1000 rubles (~$14) I paid for it... one of my most expensive ancients, but I really wanted a Parthian!
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