Drachm of Aristarchus the Colchian

Illustration

Tedo Dundua
by geonumismatics.tsu.ge
published on 20 February 2018

Silver. The weights range from 3,2 to 3,7 gr.

Obverse: Head of beardless man, diademed and crowned with the rays, right (Helios with Gnaeus Pompejus’ features).

Reverse: Tyche seated on a throne, wearing a tall crown, right. Vessel in her left hand, right hand resting on a rudder. Greek inscription on both sides of depiction and below: ΑΡΙΣΤΑΡΧΟΥ ΤΟΥ ΕΠΙ ΚΟΛΧΙΔΟΣ/BΙ (“of Aristarchus, the viceroy of Colchis or of Colchian ruler, or of Aristarchus, who is ruling over Colchis”) and the date – 12, which corresponds to the 12th year of his rule, i.e. 52-51 BCE.

Mint: Unknown.
Nominal: Drachm.
Date: 52-51 BCE.

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