Tarkumuwa (Datames), Satrap of Cilicia and Cappadocia
circa 380 BC
Draped bust of female (Aphrodite?) facing right, wearing earring, necklace and tainia; all within dotted border
Bearded head (Ares?) right, wearing crested Attic helmet, drapery around neck; TRKMW (in Aramaic) to right; all within dotted border
10.81mm, 0.68 g, 5h
VF, well-toned, some porosity, a few surface cracks
ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 407 (11 October 2017)
The workmanship which went into producing this detailed coin is nothing short of incredible when considering its tiny size.
Tarsos is an ancient city of Cilicia, situated in modern-day south-central Turkey. Originally the capital of its native rulers, from 400 BC until the arrival of Alexander the Great in 333 BC, it was ruled by the Persian Empire. It was later ruled by the Seleucid, Roman and Byzantine Empires, in that order.