Æ Tetradrachm - Maga

Features

Issuer Kingdom of Characene (Mesopotamia)
King Maga (195-215)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 195-215
Value Tetradrachm (4)
Currency Drachm
Composition Bronze
Weight 14.92 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 4.8 mm
Shape Round (irregular)
Technique Hammered
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
Number
N#
276167
References Alram# 510
Michel Alram, Manfred Mayrhofer, Rüdiger Schmitt; 1986. Nomina propria Iranica in nvmmis : Materialgrundlagen zu den iranischen Personennamen auf antiken Münzen. Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna, Austria.

Obverse

Bust of Maga to right, diademed and draped, with pointed beard, hair in tight curls on top and bunched at sides.

Reverse

Male head right, with pointed beard, hair in 6 thick rolls, and long plait on top.

Mint

Charax Spasinou, Characene, Iraq

Comments

Letterings are in Aramaic script with sometimes a Greek monogram on obverse. Many variants are known and listed in the BMC Arabia pp 304-309.

Characene having been a vassal from Parthian Kingdom, reverse portrait is sometimes presented as being of a Parthian king.

Maga's reign is poorly known but is thought to extend roughly between 195 and 215 AD.

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (195-215) 

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