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Tarsos, Cilicia


[B]Tarsos, Cilicia (Early Satrapal Issue; 450-380 BC.) AR Stater[/B] [u]Obv[/u]: King wearing Persian headdress and cloak on galloping horseback, facing right; ankh symbol in lower right field. [u]Rev[/u]: Nude hoplite wearing crested Corinthian helmet, kneeling holding spear and shield, facing right; Persian dynastic symbol (?) in lower left field; TRZ (Tarsus) legend in upper right field; shallow incuse square border. [u]Attribution[/u]: BM-6; cf. SNG von Aulock 5812; cf. SNG Paris 221; cf. SNG Levante 60. [u]Provenance[/u]: ex. Harlan J. Berk 146 (#118), 11.29.05 [u]Weight[/u]: 10.45 gm [u]Maximal Diameter[/u]: mm [u]Axis[/u]: 3 [u]Note[/u]: On this coin, the co-existence of the Persian dynastic symbol on the reverse and the ankh on the obverse suggests that ankh or ankh-like symbols on later Cilician issues may not have a dynastic purpose or meaning. GK204

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Asia Minor - Cilicia

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