NewStyleKing Posted December 11, 2022 · Member Share Posted December 11, 2022 New Styles are getting rarer on the market, almost extinct. And the few that appear are not in my collecting field which is basically Thompson OId and late catalogue. Particularly very late, post Sullan examples, which are as rare as hen's teeth. Yep we all (?) know that during the 1st Mithradatic war the Mithradatic army could only win against other asiatics or in overwhelmingly favourable circumstances, which had lead to Mithradates being called the "Triumph" giver. After totally cocking-up over the siege of Rhodes, that survived due to a epiphany of Iset who, in my based on Ashton's opinion became a badge of the anti-Mithradates supporters, it got worse and Sulla besieged Athens and Piraeus in 86 BC and eventually took them. Did a bit of damage and regime changed with Mission Accomplished soon after when Archaelos , Mithradates top general lost 2 consecutive battles in central Greece and a peace treaty was signed at Dardanus in 84 BC. When did the NewStyle re-start? What with? Maybe the answer lies in Chieti's Museo Archaeolgica, but they aren't interested.The numbers of re-started NewStyles increased and when around the 2nd and then 3rd Mithradatic wars the obverse die count became respectacle again and then suddenly....... the obverse count of the NewStyles falls "off a cliff"! Obviously they are not really needed anymore and my opinion is that they only lasted as a sort of commemorative coin of past days of glory, soon to be extinguished forever. This is one of them, 3 examples, one obverse and two reverses, quiet common really! Sold from the Salton collection with no provenance, but probably (Commerce) T1227a 1955, but we shall never know! Athens New Style Tetradrachm c 71/70 BC Obs : Athena Parthenos right in tri-form helmet 28 mm 16.97 gm Thompson issue 88 Thompson catalogue: Obs 1227 ? Rev: New/Not in plates? Rev : ΑΘΕ ethnic Owl standing on overturned panathenaic amphora on which month mark ? ΔΙ below 2 magistrates : LEUKIOS , ANTIKRATHES RF symbol : Demeter & Artemis All surrounded by an olive wreath 23 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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