RPC I, 3842

 

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Coin type
Volume I
Number 3842
Province Kingdom of Armenia
Region Armenia
City Kingdom of Armenia
Reign Uncertain
Person (obv.) Tigranes III (king) ; Tigranes V (king)
Person (rev.) Erato (queen)
Issue Tigranes III? or V?
Dating c. 10/5 BC or c.AD 6
Obverse inscription ΒΑϹΙΛƐΥϹ ΜƐΓΑϹ ΝƐΟϹ ΤΙΓΡΑΝΗϹ
Obverse design bust of Tigranes III (?) or V (?), wearing diadem and tiara, r.
Reverse inscription ƐΡΑΤW ΒΑϹΙΛƐWϹ ΤΙΓΡΑΝΟΥ ΑΔƐΛΦΗ
Reverse design draped bust of Erato, l.
Metal Æ
Average diameter 21 mm
Average weight 6.98 g
Axis 12
Reference Bedoukian 165–6, Kovacs 179
Specimens 2
Note The rev. legend on 2 reads ΒΑϹΙΛƐΥϹ ΒΑϹΙΛƐWΝ ΤΙΓΡΑΝΗϹ: as Bedoukian (p. 39) remarks, the title 'king of kings' is unexpected, and in fact the legend does not really look authentic. It seems that it may have been altered from the normal reading, which occurs on the Glasgow coin and on 3841.

Specimens of this coin type

Number Museum Bibliography
1     ✸ G Vol. III, p. 4, and pl. LXIII.6 = SNG 2389
2     P Bab 30 (pl. XXIX.21)