I’m thinking about AR obols this morning…

Some visuals I want to think more about.  Mostly I’m thinking about Italy in the late fourth, early third century BCE, e.g. context for RRC 13/2, but this caught my eye because of very general similarities to RRC 2/1 and RRC 13/1:

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This type from Tarentum is also really fascinating.  Again you’ll see straight away why it caught my eye (bridled horse, like RRC 13/1), but also notice the ‘mint mark’ behind the horse, here an apulstre. There also seem to be a good number of these Tarentum obols coming on the market although most that I see have decent collection histories.

(You may notice that I”m now collecting images off coinarchives where for years I’ve been a acsearch.info loyal fan.  I broke down and paid coinarchives for an academic account…  I still prefer acsearch interface but subscription to CA was better value.)

Capture2 (2).jpgCapture.JPGOf course all these horses are profile not 3/4s profile which is a rather key feature of RRC 13/1…

There are lots of AR italy obols with Athena but they almost (?) all have a Corinthian helmet: Cumae (minted maybe at Neapolis), Alba Fucens (Pyrrhic War?), Arpi (I’ve always wondered about this mint and a connections to RRC 13/1 but that seems a dead end, pie in the sky speculation)…

But we do have this from Tarentum (again!)…

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Grading, kiddos, and other research commitments all call…  Must stop this line of thinking for now.

Ok, one more and then I’m really leaving it

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Update Feb 2, 2020:

This last type is nearly identical to HN Italy 617 (Illustrated) of Phistelia = SNG ANS 582.

Also part of this broader conversation should be the v rare HN Italy 636 (Illustrated) = McClean 397, boar head/bridled horse head obol, c. 325-275 BCE.

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