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Old Nov 5, 2012, 02:14 AM   #1
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Attribution Help for Tetradrachm

Hi Folks

I have been unable to narrow down which mint this coin is from. There is a partial wreath to the left of Zeus and the reverse legend is not typically in a straight line.

It is 25mm and 16.58 grams

Any help is appreciated.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 03:06 PM   #2
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The type is usually described as a Celtic imitation. I first saw pieces like this about ten years ago, and I think all were from a small hoard that came on the market about then. You can probably find another example in one of search services on line.

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Old Nov 5, 2012, 11:08 PM   #3
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Hi Mac

I didnt think of pursuing that path to aid in its identification. Ive had a look at many of the celtic types but haven't seen anything like this.

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Old Nov 6, 2012, 01:18 AM   #4
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Was that celtic hoard also found in the middle east?
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 03:59 PM   #5
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Here is an example

There is an example in the Stack's Bowers and Ponterio auction on 2012-8-8, lot 20404.
This catalogue does not offer any attribution other than it is unlisted. Frankly, I do not know why some have suggested Celtic for this. As you remark, it does not look Celtic. It looks to me closer to Arabian, but not quite right there either. Perhaps Galatian?
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 04:04 PM   #6
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You might...

You might find another example if you look through the Alexander tetradrachm that CNG has sold. I know nothing of the hoard other than its existence is implied by a number of similar previously unknown types coming on the market pretty much all at one a number of years ago.

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Old Nov 7, 2012, 06:07 PM   #7
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Another

Here is one from CNG--again not exactly as yours but close. In the catalogue this one is described as an eastern imitation.
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Old Nov 9, 2012, 01:19 AM   #8
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Hi Mac

Thank you for the information. Im going to have to do some more research when I get back The coin was offered by the same dealer who sold me a coin which has been attributed to Laodiceia ad Mare mint. It is another unpublished type. Fascinating coins but I have found very few parallels to the eastern imitations. Perhaps without greater investigation CNG consigned it to an eastern type?
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Old Nov 9, 2012, 03:37 PM   #9
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Yes--eastern

Yes--CNG describes the coin as an eastern imitation, which seems to make more sense to me than Celtic or Balkan. There seem to be two or three different field marks on coins of this style, but the style remains quite constant, and really rather attractive. There are still a lot of mysteries in the Alexander III type tetradrachms! And they are certainly not an area about which I can claim any special insight or knowledge at all!

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Old Nov 12, 2012, 09:45 PM   #10
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I would go for Eastern issue if not imitation. Some Seleucid mint methinks.

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Old Nov 30, 2012, 08:46 PM   #11
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Thank you for your responses. I will be listing the coin shortly as a possibly an immitative/uncertain eastern mint

If it causes any conjecture Ill post the responses here.
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