Æ Tetradrachm - Attambelos IV

Æ Tetradrachm - Attambelos IV - obverseÆ Tetradrachm - Attambelos IV - reverse

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Issuer Kingdom of Characene (Mesopotamia)
King Attambelos IV (54-64)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 53-64
Value Tetradrachm
Currency Drachm
Composition Bronze
Weight 14.39 g
Diameter 20.8 mm
Shape Round (irregular)
Technique Hammered
Orientation Variable alignment ↺
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 299119
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References BMC Greek# 11
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, with full beard; countermark on neck; sometimes a monogram in front of the head.


Herakles seated left on anvil-shaped seat, holding club with right hand; inscriptions downwards on right and left, monogram above arm of Herakles, below arm a letter; date in exergue.


Charax Spasinou, Characene, Iraq


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.
Despite knowing the date should appear in exergue, most of the coins have the date off flan or illegible.

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