GREEK/Seleucid; Antiochos IV Epiphanes BCE 175-164; four examples from Seleucia on Tigris

Seleucia on the Tigris mint c. BCE 173/2 or later 
SC 1510    

O: rad head of Antiochos r behind hd A/X denomination  
R: goddess with polos std l, on high backed throne, holding Nike and sometimes scepter, bird stg l at feet, dotted border, ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ on r and ANTIOXOY on l.  
AE 16 mm Chalkous, 3.38 g, 1h

AE 16 mm Chalkous, 4.07g, 1h
AE 16 mm Chalkous, 4.51g, 1h
AE 15 mm Chalkous, 4.69g, 1h

Note: the bird on the reverse was thought to be an Ibis but SC notes that LeRider commented that on the best preserved specimens it was thought to be an eagle.



GREEK/Seleucid; Antiochos VII Sidetes BCE 138-129

AE 20 mm, 5.84 g, 12h, Seleucia on the Tigris mint, Late Summer BCE 130-Autumn BCE 129

SC 2129.1 or 2 (R2)

O: Diad. hd of Antiochos VII r, dotted border

R: barely legible inscriptions BAΣIΛΕΩΣ ANTIOXOY in two lines on r, and ΕYEPΓETOY on l.
Nike adv l holding wreath before her face and palm over shoulder, ΓΠP (BCE 130/129) in ex., but illegible on this example.

As is noted in SC on page. 394 of part II vol. 1, "Antiochus recaptured Babylonia from Phraates II in the late Summer of 130. He held Babylon for a bit more than a year, meanwhile extending his control over Mesopotamia and Elymais and challenging the Parthians in Media. In the autumn of 129, before 5 November, the Parthians attacked and defeated the Seleucid army in Media, and Antiochus perished in battle."

Examples of this coinage and a silver Tetradrachm and drachm represent the last Seleucid coinage from this mint. Parthian control was extended over the mint operations and continued thereafter to issue Tetradrachms for that regime.

Triton XIII, Lot: 543 (2010)
Sellwood 17.1
A Tetradrachm of Phraates II minted at Seleucia after the death of Antiochos VII and the Parthian seizure of the mint. The control utilized is the same as that found on the Tetradrachm of Antiochos VII minted in the prior year (cf SC 2127). This Tetradrachm is thought to have been issued around BCE 129 in the aftermath of the war between the Seleucids and Parthians.


Cilician Armenia: Hetoum I Հեթում Ա CE 1226-1270

AE Tank, 32mm, 7.9 g, Sis mint

Nercessian 353 v


King std on wide bench holding a globus cruciger and fleur de lys, Legend in Armenian reads "Hetoum Takavor Hayots" or "Hetoum King of the Armenians".


Cross Potent with lines in each quadrant, Legend in Armenian reads "Shineal I kaghakn I Sis" or "Struck in the city of Sis".


In the news; IRAN (1979-date)

Islamic Republic of Iran (1979-date)

Top Left: Epigraphic 1 Rial, KM #1232 (CN) 18 mm, 1.73 g. (this specimen, others are as much as 1.8)

O: جمهوري
  اسلامي ايران
  (Islamic Republic of Iran/One Rial)

R: denomination in a numeral and Rial written out and the date (1979) 

Top Right: 1 Rial,  Jerusalem (Quds)Day/Ramadan 1400 issue 1980, KM #1245 (bronze clad steel) 20 mm, 2.49 g.

O: Dome of the Rock from Jerusalem, to the right of the dome the inscription is for "International Quds Day" and to the left the inscription reads "Ramadan Mubarak 1400",
R: denomination above Rial, Islamic Republic of Iran above denomination and "Yawmal-Quds" written in Arabic beneath (Jerusalem Day) with tulips bordering either side.

Bottom: 250 Rial, 1994 KM #1262 (bi-metallic CN center in brass ring) 28 mm, 10.7 g

O: anepigraphic depiction of stylized flower in wreath.
R: Islamic Republic of Iran above denomination and date ١٣٧٣ below.

The top two examples were obtained forty years ago from Iranian friends who acquired them on trips home in the years immediately following the 1979 Revolution. The most recent example was collected from a batch of world coins recently purchased. It was the first Iranian coin acquired this way in many years. As of the present time (4 Jan 2020) 42,029.96 Iranian Rials equal 1 USD. To understand the equivalent values of these coins when issued, in mid-1979 1 USD was equal to 121 Rials the following year it was 217 and in 1993 it was 1,610. (these are black market exchange rates from an article in Iranian Economic Review Vol 10 #14 (Fall 2005) entitled "History of the Rial and Foreign Exchange Policy in Iran" by Mohsen Bahmani-Oskooee.