Æ Tetradrachm - Attambelos IV

Features

Issuer Kingdom of Characene (Mesopotamia)
King Attambelos IV (54-64)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 53-56
Value Tetradrachm
Currency Drachm
Composition Bronze
Weight 15.3 g
Shape Round (irregular)
Technique Hammered
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 311954
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 IV to right, diademed, no beard; countermark on the neck.

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 (Dobbins# 1) before his head, letter below right arm (Dobbins# 3), date in exergue generally illegible.

Script: Greek

Lettering:
ΒΑΣΙΛεωΣ ΑΤΤΑΜΒΗΛΟΥ
CωΤΗΡΟΣ εΥεΡΓεΤΟΥ

Translation: King Attambelos, the savior and benefactor.

Mint

Charax Spasinou, Characene, Iraq

Comments

Coins are listed in the BMC Greek under Attambelos III; however, later finds attributed them to Attambelos IV.

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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ND (53-56) 

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