ambr0zie Posted November 25, 2022 · Member Share Posted November 25, 2022 (edited) Yesterday an interesting topic was posted, about coins in our collections that we are grateful for. The first example in my mind was a coin that was just received (yesterday also). I would like to thank @Nerosmyfavorite68 for his topic where he presented his example of a Mazaios stater. I was aware of these types and admired them, but I was under the impression these are very expensive coins, even in modest condition. I think I saw a few of them in several auctions, but the prices were way out of my league, so even if in my wish list a Mazaios stater was there, I wasn't expecting something one to arrive very soon. When seeing @Nerosmyfavorite68 example I realized one thing - I wouldn't mind at all having an example with a worn obverse but a good reverse (I consider the reverse the side with the lion and the bull). Obviously, examples with both sides from good dies and little to no wear are remarkable coins (NOT MY COIN) ... but this is not a coin I can afford. I saw an example that was exactly what I wanted a few weeks ago in an upcoming auction. I eagerly waited for the auction and hoped it will remain under the radar and other collectors would not be impressed about the cons: the modest obverse with zero facial details and the test cut. Both these were totally acceptable for me especially since the test cut was carefully applied to make sure the design is not altered, I think. CILICIA. Tarsos. Mazaios (361-334 BC). Stater. 23 mm, 10.8 g. Obv: Baaltars seated left on throne, head facing, holding lotus-tipped sceptre, grain ear, grape bunch and eagle; 'BLTRZ' Aramaic legend to right. Rev : Lion left attacking bull left; Aramaic legend above 'MZDI' = Mazaios, Aramaic letters below Casabonne Series 2A, SNG France 338-347 (controls), SNG Levante 101 var Some details about Mazaios - taken from another auction Mazaios had been appointed satrap of Cilicia around 361 BC. Later, with the addition of Syria, Lebanon, and Israel to his territories, he became one of the Persian king's most powerful subordinates; during this period he put down a Phoenician revolt, which had the support of both the Pharaoh of Egypt, Nectanebo II, and 4,000 Greek mercenaries. For his services, Darius III promoted him to the overlordship of Mesopotamia and sealed it with the promise of marriage to the king's daughter, Barsine, or Statira. At Gaugamela in 331 BC, Maizaios' extraordinary abilities did little to ward of the advance of Alexander III of Macedon, as the flight of the Persian king signalled the collapse of the Persian army and Macedonian victory. Maizaios withdrew his forces to protect Babylon, and on the assurance that the city would not be plundered, the city was surrendered. Mazaios proved himself indispensible to the new government through his hospitality and sagacity. Alexander III of Macedon appointed him satrap of Babylonia, the first Persian to be so rewarded by the Greeks. He continued to be rewarded with favorable appointments until his death in 328 BC. I was very happy with getting this coin and it is a serious candidate for my yearly top 10. Or tops as I might create different top 10 on my major areas of collecting. A lot of boxes ticked by this coin. Please post Mazaios coins; coins you bought after seeing them posted by colleagues; and why not, Tarsos coins, as it is a mint with beautiful reverses (even coins minted after many centuries, I have the large provincial Tarsos coins in mind, issued much later). Edited November 25, 2022 by ambr0zie 28 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.