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Offline derek

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cleopatra countermark on Antioch tetrachalkon
« on: December 22, 2018, 12:07:34 PM »
Hi I bought a couple of of overpolished coins, only some patina left on the rim
they are both brass coins, of which I wonder if they are supposed to be brass

this to me looks like a Cleopatra countermark on a seleucid? Antioch? Apameia ? host coin
it is 24 mm about   10+ grams

Ideas anyone?, about genuinity and identity of host coin?
any help is welcome , regards Derek
« Last Edit: December 30, 2018, 02:43:39 PM by derek »

Offline Figleaf

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Re: cleopatra countermark ? on which host coin?
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2018, 08:49:34 AM »
For a similar coin, see here. The key part of the text is:

McAlee, The Coins of Roman Antioch, p. 74, note 25 says tetrachalkoi of this time, "...are frequently seen with a countermark on the obverse which was previously described as 'head of Apollo r. in an oval...it now seems likely that the countermark portrays Cleopatra, and was used to mark coins circulating in the Syro-Phoenician territories which were given to her by Mark Antony."

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

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Re: cleopatra countermark ? on which host coin?
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2018, 01:50:39 PM »
Nice find and attribution !

Offline derek

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Re: cleopatra countermark ? on which host coin?
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2018, 02:42:42 PM »
Yes, thank you ! It seems to be a tetrachalkon from antioch 47-45 bc coutermarked by cleopatra in 36-30 bc
I will keep it with my  ptolemy coins,because if the small but fine portrait
Greetings Derek