Cilicia, Tarsos, Tarkumuwa (Datames), Satrap of Cilicia and Cappadocia, 384-361/0 BC, AR Obol, struck c. 380 BC
Ruler/Emperor:
Tarkumuwa (Datames), Satrap of Cilicia and Cappadocia
City/Region:
Cilicia, Tarsos
Denomination:
AR Obol
Composition:
Silver
Date:
circa 380 BC
Obverse:
Draped bust of female (Aphrodite?) facing right, wearing earring, necklace and tainia; all within dotted border
Reverse:
Bearded head (Ares?) right, wearing crested Attic helmet, drapery around neck; TRKMW (in Aramaic) to right; all within dotted border
Size:
10.81mm, 0.68 g, 5h
Grade:
VF, well-toned, some porosity, a few surface cracks
Provenance:
ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 407 (11 October 2017)
References:
Casabonne Series 1; Göktürk 25; SNG BN 278–81; SNG Levante 81; SNG Copenhagen -; SGCV II -

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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.