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Aristarchus Colchi Drachm

Aristarchus Colchi Drachm -  obverseAristarchus Colchi Drachm -  reverse

© David Mikeladze

Features

Country Georgia (ancient) (Antient (6th c. BC)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 52 BC - 51 BC
Value 1 Drachm (1)
Currency 3rd c. AD)
Composition Silver
Weight 3.26 g
Shape Round
Demonetized Yes

Obverse

Beardless male head right with radiate (five-rayed) crown

Reverse

Draped female fi gure enthroned wearing mural crown and resting on a rudder. Holding
a spheroid object with l. hand. Greek legend is observed on both sides of the image
as well as under it: ARISTARCOU TOU EPI KOLCIDOS and BI6 is depicted under
KOLCIDOS.

Lettering:
ARIΣTARΧOΥ TOΥ EΠI KOLΧIΔOΣ
BI

Translation: Aristarchus, Viceroy of Kolchidos

Comments

Only 7  coins of Aristarchus of Colchis are officialy known:
Berlin Bode Museum Munzkabinett – 1specimen;
Ashmolean Museum (Oxford) – 1;
British Museum – 1;
Paris Cabinet of Medals – 1;
 Hermitage, St. Petersburg – 2.
Georgia, private collection - 1
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BI means the 12th year of being in power (52-51 B.C.).

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (52 BC - 51 BC) 

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