Sulla80 Posted June 28, 2022 · Supporter Share Posted June 28, 2022 (edited) Quote "In contrast to Sidon, Tyre resumed its role as an important provider of bronze coinage, issuing all four of the denominations it had introduced in the reign of Antiochus IV. Dated specimens of the largest denomination, marked by a galley's stern on the reverse, have been recorded for every year except S.E. 172 (141/0 B.C.). -Seleucid Coins by Houghton, Lorber, and Hoover, part II volume I, p.299 This coin prompted me to consider rarity and pricing...."Rare" is often used to describe ancient coins. From my view, it is used most by a sellers as a suggestion to "pay a lot for it". It is also used buyers or owners who often ask: what is it? is it rare? The second question really meaning "will someone pay a lot for it"? Fortunately - or perhaps disappointingly for those who ask the question: rare on its own doesn't mean that is is a valuable coin. IMO the factors in price are (in rough order): POPULAR: Is it a coin from a famous person that everyone is interested in? e.g. Julius Caesar, Augustus, Cleopatra... BEAUTIFUL: Is it so beautiful (condition, style, composition) that no ones cares who issued it? e.g. a well struck Extra Fine (EF) or Fleur de Coin (FDC) tetradrachm from Syracuse GOLD: Is it gold - in which case it must be valuable no matter who or what is on it e.g. any coin made of gold Rarity of type/issue is essentially meaningless for guessing price unless it is paired with one of more of the first three. I added 40% to the cost of this coin with the $8 shipping fee. It is an fun attribution puzzle and (with my initial misattribution) an excuse to learn about Antiochus VII and his siege of Jerusalem. With a corrected attribution from @Celator (ΔHMHTPIOY on the reverse not ANTIOXOY), it is an excuse to learn more about Demetrius II in his first reign. This is considered "Quasi municipal" bronze because it is both "royal" in its portrait and inscription and "local" in its reference to Tyre - which leaves some ambiguity about the authority these were struck under and how they were used in circulation. This coin appears to be somewhat scarce - about 19 in ACSearch, although auction listing may not be a fair gauge for these less valuable and sometimes quite ugly looking coins. The weight and diameter are in range for a Denomination B bronze (SC ). Tyre not in doubt as it is written on the coin - beneath the galley Demetrius II readable on the second line with MHTPI fairly clear and O or Ω somewhat visible Partial Date corresponding to [?] Ξ P the last two numerals of several possible dates date SE 167-169 (146-143 B.C.) Seleucid Kings, Demetrios II Nikator, first reign, 146-138 BC, Æ (18.5mm, 6.37g, 12h), Tyre mint, dated SE 167-169 (146-143 BC) Obv: Diademed head of Demetrios II right Rev: Stern of galley left; [BA]ΣIΛEΩ[Σ] / [ΔH]MHTPI[OY] / [?]ΞΡ (date) above, TYPIΩN 𐤍𐤑𐤓 Ref: SC 1968 Post your coins Seleucid bronzes in any denomination, Coins of Demetrios II, or anything else that you find interesting or entertaining. Edited June 29, 2022 by Sulla80 corrected to reflect attribution from @Celator 9 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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