Bactrian 2nd Cent BCE Contract mentioning Struck Coinage and Scythians

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I was doing some syllabus work and ended up reading this article (just fascinating and also lots of ethics issues about source of objects!)

I’m posting hear with some pretty coins so I can find it again the next time I teach Bactria or Scythia and use in my lecture.

Antimachos I tetradrachm.

 

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Antimachos II tetradrachm.

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Bronzes because elephants are nice and those with bells on are even nicer.

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Copenhagen unpublished (?) overstrikes

Not that exciting as it is a well known type of over strike from Crawford (RRC 63/6 over Sardo-Punic Tanit / Bull and Star type), but still it made my boring grading and photo-editing date that much more awesome and fun.

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Example of undertype but very different die.

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Crawford’s table:

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Of all the previously documented overstrikes by FAR my favorite is Berlin, just HILARIOUS.


I can’t tell the under type of this one. Can you?

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Amphora and Spearhead Bars (again)

One of the worrying things about RRC [12/2] is that the amphora doesn’t look much like any ancient amphora and the spearhead (esp. the notches on two of the specimens).  So today as I look at images on an old blog post, I realized how damn similar the two sides were in design.

Let me try to show you what I see in a series of photo shopped images of the BM specimen:

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There is a weird logic of near visual parallels on these bars:

bull/bull

elephant/pig

shield/scabbard

pegasus/eagle

shield inside/outside

This design is playing the same visual game.  It makes sense within the general design motifs of early Roman coins, e.g. the Apollo l./Apollo r. series.

I also think it probably made carving molds easier.  You impress the basic outline and then just carve in the details to make it look a little sharper.

Related Posts:

On Amphora symbolism

On spearheads

Iron oxide inclusions in copper

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From

Scott, David A., and Roland Schwab. 2019. Metallography in archaeology and art. Cham: Springer.  p. 95-96.

Hauptmann, Andreas, Robert Maddin, and Michael Prange. “On the Structure and Composition of Copper and Tin Ingots Excavated from the Shipwreck of Uluburun.” Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, no. 328 (2002): 1-30. Accessed January 6, 2020. doi:10.2307/1357777.

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ALSO, Craddock and Meeks 1987 is not the same as Burnett Craddock and Meeks 1986 as I’d first assumed.

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