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Need Help Iding An Ancient Greek Silver Drachm Or Tetraobol

 
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 Posted 07/04/2022  6:32 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Archraz to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi everyone,
I recently acquired this unknown silver ancient Greek coin. However, it is fairly worn and little text seems to remain (if much ever appeared on this coin).

It is 13mm and 1.50 grams. The obverse features a male head right with some visible text at the 9 o'clock position. The reverse appears to have a winged deity (Nike?) seated right.

Any help IDing this piece would be really appreciated!


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 Posted 07/04/2022  7:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Possibly a fouree of a quinarius of M. Cato (Roman Republic), head of Liber/Victory seated.
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 Posted 07/05/2022  11:10 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Archraz to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Bob L - Thank you very much for your help!
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 Posted 07/06/2022  6:46 pm  Show Profile   Check louisvillekyshop's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add louisvillekyshop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Bob;

I think you are correct of course but I am struck that minus Nike sitting on a globe, how close these are to hemidrachms of Cappadocia. Weight and size even.
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 Posted 07/06/2022  7:03 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yep. Considered it briefly, Joe. But of course the throne, exergual line, and text in exergue - all present here and absent on the Cappadocia hemidrachms - peg this as an M. Cato quinarius. Furthermore, the word in exergue appears to possibly begin with "VIC" here, as with the Cato issue. A match for sure. Weight discrepancy, which isn't drastic (less than half a gram off from many of the Cato quinarii I see), is reasonable given the probability we're dealing with a degraded fouree.
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