Æ Tetradrachm - Attambelos IV


Issuer Kingdom of Characene (Mesopotamia)
King Attambelos IV (54-64)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 60-62
Value Tetradrachm (4)
Currency Drachm
Composition Bronze
Weight 15.47 g
Shape Round (irregular)
Technique Hammered
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
References BMC Greek# 5
Reginald Stuart Poole; 1876. A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum / Volume 2. Sicily. British Museum, London, United Kingdom.
And 26 more volumes.


Head right, diademed, medium beard.


Heracles seated left, holding club grounded with left hand; monogram (Dobbins #8) above right extended arm, below arm a letter (Dobbins #3); date in exergue.


Coins are listed in the BMC Greek under Attambelos III; however, later finds attributed them to Attambelos IV.
Varieties of obverse countermark and obverse/reverse monograms are known and were listed by Dobbins.

2 reverse varieties are known:
  • variety 1: club held upright in right hand
  • variety 2: club held downwards in left hand (current page variety)

Despite knowing the date should appear in exergue, most of the coins have the date off flan or illegible. However, the combinations of variety, monograms and letters can help refine the dating thanks to Dobbins study and classification.

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