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Offline Pellinore

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Tiny chalkous of Osroes I of Parthia
« on: February 20, 2018, 01:04:44 AM »
Here's a little bronze coin of a later Parthian king, in good style and condition. Nice also that it is dated according to the Seleucian calendar. Well, not very clearly, but I think it says YKZ, 400, 20 and 7. The 7 (zeta) is very obvious. But for the rest it depends if you read it from the outside of the coin or from the inside: 20 = K or 30 = L (Labda)? Osroes reigned from 109-129 or 421-441. If you read the date from the outside, it probably is 437.
Well, some of you probably know more about it, I hope.

Osroes I (109-129). AE chalkos. Obv. King with pointed beard to the left. Rev. Tyche to the right, year ZKY = 427 (=AD 115) or ZLY = 437. 11 mm, 1.55 gr. Sellwood 80.20.

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Re: Tiny chalkous of Osroes I of Parthia
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2018, 08:21:32 AM »
Having the date fully on flan would have been a nice bonus, but as it is, it is already a real little gem !

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Re: Tiny chalkous of Osroes I of Parthia
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2018, 02:31:11 AM »
Thanks, yes, it's one of those little coins looking like licorice. A contemporary of Trajan and Hadrian.
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Re: Tiny chalkous of Osroes I of Parthia
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2018, 09:43:59 PM »
Lovely example, Pellinore!  Sorry I did not spot it earlier...don't get to this neck of the Web-woods as often as I would like these days.

Yep, Sellwood 80.20.  Dates on these read from the outside.  The middle letter is a lambda, not a kappa, so the date is 125/6 AD.

Zeta = 7; lambda = 30; upsilon (off-flan here) = 400...so 437, translating to 125/6 AD.  ("/6" because years for these start in October - for Parthian coins like this that don't have a specific month inscribed the "/" becomes necessary)

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Re: Tiny chalkous of Osroes I of Parthia
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2018, 11:48:14 PM »
Thanks, your post is stimulating me to go on collecting nice tiny coins like this.
-- Paul