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ID:     74000388
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Greek
Region:     SYRIA, CYRRHESTICA
City:     Hieropolis Bambyce
Issuer:     Abdahad
Date Ruled:     Circa 342-331 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Didrachm
Struck / Cast:     struck
Weight:     6.72 g
Die Axis:     12 h
Obverse Description:     "Atarateh" in Aramaic, draped bust of Atargatis left, wearing turreted crown; crescent and circle behind
Reverse Description:     “Abdahad” in Aramaic, Great King and driver, who hold reins, in quadriga of mules left
Primary Reference:     Mildenberg, Note 12 (this coin)
Reference2:     Seyrig, Hieropolis pl. 1, 2
Reference3:     Price, More 14-15
Reference4:     BMC -; SNG Cop -; SNG MÜnchen -
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=96801
Grade:     EF, toned, test cut on reverse
Notes:     Sale: Triton X, Lot: 388 Very rare. Ex Garth R. Drewry Collection (Triton VIII, 11 January 2005), lot 519; Sotheby's Zurich (27 October 1993), lot 815; Numismatic Fine Arts XXX (8 December 1992), lot 113.Bambyce was famous for its cult of Atargatis, and this issue of the dynast/priest Abdahad displays the bust of the goddess on its obverse. Although the weight of this particular coin is well below the Attic didrachm standard of 8 grams, the known coins of this type do display a wide variance of weights. The reason for this variance is as yet unknown.