Æ Tetradrachm - Attambelos I

Features

Issuer Kingdom of Characene (Mesopotamia)
King Attambelos I (47 BC - 25 BC)
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 40 BC
Value Tetradrachm
Currency Drachm
Composition Bronze
Weight 13.75 g
Diameter 29 mm
Shape Round (irregular)
Technique Hammered
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 311951
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References BMC Greek# 3
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 Attambelos I to right, diademed, bearded.

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:
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΤΤΑΜΒΗΛΟΥ
ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ ΚΑΙ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ

Translation:
Basileos Attambeloi Soteros Kaisar Euergetou.
King Attambelos the savior, the benefactor caesar.

Mint

Charax Spasinou, Characene, Iraq

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
-40  ΒΟΣ

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