Benefactor kirispupis Posted October 1, 2022 · Benefactor Benefactor Share Posted October 1, 2022 Okay. I admit that many of you won't be impressed by this coin, but for me it's a huge pickup. First, I've been after it for some time. Ariarathes I was the head of Cappadocia at the time of Alexander's invasion. He was among the few in the area not to fall under Macedonian dominance, primarily because Alexander didn't feel it worth the effort. At the time of his death, it was probably on his To Do list, but Cappadocia remained independent. It wouldn't stay that way for long. After his death, Eumenes was tasked with placing the area under Macedonian control, and with the help of Perdikkas it was overwhelmed and Ariarathes executed. This coin was such an important pick-up because it serves as a key piece in three collections. My Philip II, Alexander III, and the Age of the Diadochi collection, where it was one of a handful of common coins I had yet to procure. With this purchase, there is only one common coin left and nine that rarely come up for auction. My Kingdoms After Alexander collection, where it represents Cappadocia (my rule is to pick up the first king of each, except in cases where the first king didn't issue coins or where they're cost prohibitive) My Cappadocia collection, where it serves as the first coin. Since I already have Ariarathes III and Ariaramnes examples, the rest are far easier. This is also one of the few areas I've actually visited. I spent several days in Cappadocia during a trip to Turkey about 12 years ago and the place is stunning. Nevertheless, it was easily the most difficult coin for me to obtain. While his coins do come up at auction regularly, I'd aimed at this griffin attacking stag coinage. Three times I attempted to purchase one. The first time, I simply didn't bid high enough. I thought I had it in the bag, but when my bid was exceeded at the live auction, I couldn't decide whether it was worth it to increase my bid, so I didn't and was the underbidder. The second time, I placed a high bid because I was now serious about procuring it. To my amazement, a bid came in for 2 CHF more at the Leu auction and grabbed it. I had to look up the rules and the move was fair, though dirty. I've since curtailed my purchases significantly from Leu, because this policy is mean. The third time, there were multiple copies at auction. Again, I was prepared to bid high. I looked up the day before the exact start of the auction and prepared for it, only to log in several hours early to check and find that the auction had started early and they'd already sold! One of them went below what I was willing to offer. So, I was on the lookout when this one appeared on VCoins. Since this wasn't the issue I was looking at, I had a dilemna. The following was my reasoning. Ariarathes I had three issues I know about. There's the griffin attacking stag, this one, and a bronze issue. I definitely wasn't going to settle for bronze after pursuing the silver issues. Of the two silvers, this one is the rarer by a roughly 1:2 ratio, but it also typically sells for less because the reverse isn't as exciting. The weight and value of the two are similar. Both silver issues are copies of other coinage. This one is close to the standard Sinope coinage at the time, while the griffin+stag coinage copies the earlier Mazaios coins. The griffin+stag coinage is often poorly struck and the aramaic inscription is often worn or off the flan. This one has a very clear inscription and is well-centered. The price of this coin was a third of what I budgeted for the stag+griffin Therefore, I made the call to buy it and then waited an anxious month-and-a-half for it to reach my house from Germany. It stayed in customs for over a week alone. But, I now possess it and am extremely happy. Paphlagonia, Sinope. Ariarathes I of Cappadocia Circa 325 BCE AR Drachm 5.53 gm, 17mm Persic standard Obv.: 'm in Aramaic, head of the nymph Sinope to left, her hair bound in a sakkos, wearing triple-pendant earring and pearl necklace; to left, aphlaston. Rev.: 'ariyrth' in Aramaic, sea-eagle with spread wings standing on a dolphin to left. HGC 7, 434; SNG BM Black Sea 1459; SNG Stancomb 761 Ex Tom Vossen 32 1 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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