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Uncertain Mint, Lycia (Täththiväibi Dynast)


[b]Uncertain Mint, Lycia (Täththiväibi Dynast; 460-360 BC.) AR Tetrobol[/b] [u]Obv[/u]: Two cocks facing on a circular shield. [u]Rev[/u]: Tetraskeles surrounded by "Teththivei" (roughly) legend in retrograde, all within dotted square border; incuse. [u]Attribution[/u]: SNG Cop. -, Morkholm/Zahle -; Traite -; Falgera - [u]Provenance[/u]: ex. Colosseum 3 (lot#38), 8.26.08 [u]Weight[/u]: 1.90 gm. (Lycian heavy weight standard) [u]Maximal Diameter[/u]: 17 mm. [u]Axis[/u]: 10 [u]Notes[/u]: Antiphellos mint (?) attribution is possible, but this is based upon an attribution given by the Boston MFA on a similar piece from this Dynast. GK290

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Thanks. Yeah, the Dynastic celators weren't too concerned about regular flans. Many of the coins from this region have irregular, as well as uneven thickness, flans. Often they are double-struck or over-struck. I haven't come across a good explanation for the irregularity in coinage production or the weight standards (i.e., 3 standards; heavy, medium, light). The characteristics are described in good detail, but the reasoning behind the characteristics is unclear.
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