Phoenicia, Marathos. 228/227 BC. Æ 16. One of three known.


Phoenicia, Marathos. 228/227 BC. Æ 16 mm. 3.1 gm. Obv: Laureate head of Zeus(?) right. Rev: Trophy; date 32 (in Phoenician) to left. Duyrat, Ateliers, Series 3 var. (unlisted date); HGC 10, 199 var. (same); DCA 828 var. (same). Extremely rare, the third known example of this series. The only previously known coin from this series was an example in the Berlin Museum reported by Imhoof-Blumer in NZ 1901 (p. 9, 2, pl. I, 13). The date on that example is unclear, but is at least year 33. The present coin is in much better condition, with a clear date. Interestingly, Imhoof-Blumer and others have described the obverse head as Zeus, but that piece was quite worn. The details are clear here, and show features more in line with a Hellenistic portrait than a stylized depiction of a deity. Whose portrait it may be, though, is uncertain.

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