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A group of Koan issues from c. 200 B.C.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.
2007 (English)In: Numismatic Chronicle, ISSN 0078-2696 , Vol. 167Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

THIS study presents four (possibly five) Koan Hellenistic silver issues, which form a tight group and must have been minted within a short period of time. In earlier literature they have not been connected, and were, for the most part, given widely different dates. In this paper I am primarily concerned with the dating of the four issues, but I am currently working on a larger text, including altogether twelve issues of Koan silver which end, run or begin in the period c.210 to c.180/70 BC. In that work the four issues discussed here will be analyzed in their historical context.

The issues are the following: A) Rhodian hemidrachms, head of young Herakles/club, bow-in-case; B) ‘Persic’ weight drachms, head of Asklepios/coiled snake; C) ‘Persic’ weight hemidrachms, head of Asklepios/snake-staff; and D) reduced ‘Persic’ weight hemidrachms, head of Asklepios/coiled snake. Only a very few coins are known from each issue.

To date the issues I have mainly relied on internal evidence. I have connected the silver, albeit indirectly, with a securely dated bronze issue, mainly through closely similar traits in the lettering of the coins and shared personal names. This places the silver issues in the period c.200 - early second century BC. The close relationship with some Kalymnian silver issues regarding weight standards, added to a shared style of lettering, narrows down the chronology for the Asklepios silver to around the time of the war against Philip V of Macedonia in 201 BC

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 167
National Category
Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-11905OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-11905DiVA: diva2:39674
Available from: 2007-11-05 Created: 2007-11-05Bibliographically approved

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