Tetradrachm - Tiraios II

Features

Issuer Kingdom of Characene (Mesopotamia)
King Tiraios II (79 BC - 48 BC)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 68 BC - 48 BC
Value 1 Tetradrachm = 4 Drachm
Currency Drachm
Composition Silver
Weight 13.68 g
Diameter 29 mm
Shape Round (irregular)
Technique Hammered
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 311645
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.

Obverse

Head of Tiraios II right, diademed, bearded, hair in curls; dotted border.

Reverse

Herakles seated left on anvil-shaped seat, nude, holding with right hand a club set on his right knee flanked vertically by lettering, a monogram before his head, date in exergue.

Script: Greek

Lettering:
ΒΑΣΙΛΣΩΣ ΤΙΡΑΙΟΥ
ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ ΙΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΗΣ
ΛΞΣ

Translation: King Tiraios, saviour and benefactor

Mint

Charax Spasinou, Characene, Iraq

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
-68  ΔΜΣ
-53  ΘΝΣ
-48  ΔΞΣ

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