Tetradrachm - Apodakos

Features

Issuer Kingdom of Characene (Mesopotamia)
King Apodakos (124 BC - 104 BC)
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 109 BC
Value 1 Tetradrachm = 4 Drachm
Currency Drachm
Composition Silver
Weight 16.06 g
Diameter 33 mm
Shape Round (irregular)
Technique Hammered
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 311479
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References BMC Greek# 1,
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.
Alram# 495
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

Head of Apodakos right, diademed.

Reverse

Herakles seated left on anvil-shaped seat, nude, resting left arm on seat, holding with right hand a club resting on his right knee; flanked by lettering downwards, monogram in left field, date in exergue.

Script: Greek

Lettering:
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ
ΑΓΓΟΔΑΚΟΥ
ΔΙ
ΓΣ

Translation: King Apodakos

Mint

Charax Spasinou, Characene, Iraq

Comments

Coin dated according to the Seleucid calendar, year 203.

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
-109 

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