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Offline Pellinore

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Meherdates, formerly Vonones II, small bronze
« on: July 22, 2018, 12:27:42 AM »
Just acquired this tiny coin, measuring only a centimeter, still, clear enough with its frontal king's portrait and Victory-carrying god. It used to be attributed to Vonones II, but now its king is called Meherdates, a grandson of Phraates IV who had been raised as a hostage in Rome. The emperor Claudius estimated Meherdates could make it against the Parthian king Gotarzes II, who was hated because of his cruelty. So, in about 49-50 AD he was equipped with an army and with money, silver drachms and bronze chalkoi, but no... he didn't succeed.

This rare coin probably was lost from a soldier's pocket, or his girl's, and after a delay of 1968 years it ended up in mine.

Meherdates (usurper). AE chalkous. Obv. Facing bust with crown and ear flaps. Rev. Male deity holding an eagle in his hand, looking to r. in an archway. Sellwood 67.4 (‘Vonones II’). 10 mm, 1.62 gr. Cf. Sunrise p. 140-141 and Triskeles E-Sale 20 (2017), 363.

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Offline Bob L.

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Re: Meherdates, formerly Vonones II, small bronze
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2018, 05:04:09 AM »
A wonderful example of a rare type, Paul.  Indeed, one of the best I've seen.  Well done.  Congrats.

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Re: Meherdates, formerly Vonones II, small bronze
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2018, 11:00:42 AM »
Magnificent coin ! Especially considering its tiny size.
A witness to a point in time when history might just have well taken another course.

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Re: Meherdates, formerly Vonones II, small bronze
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2018, 01:54:44 AM »
Thank you! I wonder, what's the use of tiny coins like this, measuring only 10 mm. Were they thrown around as a communication method for poor people to support this upstart king?
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Re: Meherdates, formerly Vonones II, small bronze
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2018, 05:28:14 AM »
Ummm, the diameter of the Dutch 5 cent William III is 12.5 mm. and this coin looks much thicker :)

Peter
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Re: Meherdates, formerly Vonones II, small bronze
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2018, 12:50:13 PM »
But that is silver. These are so small, coppers that must have been almost valueless.
-- Paul