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Ancient Coins of Kasolaba, Caria

Long ascribed to Abdemon of Salamis on Cyprus, a prolific series of silver fractions was rightly identified as Karian by Troxell who had access to a number of specimens reportedly found in Karia. These fractions have a head of a ram on the obverse and a young male head in profile on the reverse. A late variant depicts the Persian hero-king instead of the ram. Besides the provenances, Troxell also pointed out that one of the letters found on these fractions is only known in the Karian script. Subsequent studies followed and some confirmed her firm attribution to Karia, but the mint remained uncertain. The most recent interpretation of the Karian script and some recorded provenances would indicate Kasolaba, a city which is mentioned in the Athenian Tribute Lists but whose precise location is uncertain.


Kasolaba, Caria, c. 410 - 390 B.C.

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One of the letters on most example of this type or is only known in the Karian script but determining the mint city within Karia is less certain. The most current interpretation of the inscriptions and some recorded provenances support Kasolaba, a city which is mentioned in the Athenian Tribute Lists but whose precise location is uncertain.
GA87963. Silver hemiobol, Konuk Kasolaba 7, SNG Kayhan 996, SNG Keckman 873, SNG Tübingen 3316, Klein 497, Troxell 9A, VF, well centered, dark toning, compact slightly ragged flan, weight 0.283 g, maximum diameter 6.8 mm, die axis 180o, Kasolaba mint, c. 410 - 390 B.C.; obverse head of ram right; reverse young male head right, Carian ethnic abbreviation: - A divided low across field, within incuse square; ON LAYAWAY


Kasolaba, Caria, c. 410 - 390 B.C.

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One of the letters on most example of this type or is only known in the Karian script but determining the mint city within Karia is less certain. The most current interpretation of the inscriptions and some recorded provenances support Kasolaba, a city which is mentioned in the Athenian Tribute Lists but whose precise location is uncertain.
GA87964. Silver hemiobol, Konuk Kasolaba 7, SNG Kayhan 996, SNG Keckman 873, SNG Tübingen 3316, Klein 497, Troxell 9A, VF/EF, interesting male head, lightly etched surfaces, tiny edge split, weight 0.510 g, maximum diameter 7.3 mm, die axis 180o, Kasolaba mint, c. 410 - 390 B.C.; obverse head of ram right; reverse young male head right, curly hair, Carian ethnic abbreviation: - A divided low across field, within an incuse square; ON LAYAWAY


Kasolaba, Caria, c. 410 - 390 B.C.

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One of the letters on most example of this type or is only known in the Karian script but determining the mint city within Karia is less certain. The most current interpretation of the inscriptions and some recorded provenances support Kasolaba, a city which is mentioned in the Athenian Tribute Lists but whose precise location is uncertain.
GA30500. Silver hemiobol, Konuk Kasolaba 9, cf. SNG Tübingen 3320, Troxell Carians 9B, VF, toned, crowded flan, weight 0.368 g, maximum diameter 7.3 mm, die axis 0o, Kasolaba mint, c. 410 - 390 B.C.; obverse head of ram right, A(?) below; reverse young male head right, Carian ethnic abbreviation: A - divided low across field, within a shallow round incuse; SOLD


Kasolaba, Caria, c. 410 - 390 B.C.

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One of the letters on most example of this type or is only known in the Karian script but determining the mint city within Karia is less certain. The most current interpretation of the inscriptions and some recorded provenances support Kasolaba, a city which is mentioned in the Athenian Tribute Lists but whose precise location is uncertain.
GA89006. Silver hemiobol, Konuk Kasolaba 4, SNG Keckman 902, SNG Tübingen 3319, Klein 498, Troxell Carians 9 var. (with ethnic), VF, dark toning, off center, weight 0.284 g, maximum diameter 7.4 mm, die axis 90o, Kasolaba mint, c. 410 - 390 B.C.; obverse head of ram right, anepigraphic; reverse young male head right, within a shallow round incuse, anepigraphic; ON LAYAWAY


Kasolaba, Caria, c. 410 - 390 B.C.

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One of the letters on most example of this type or is only known in the Karian script but determining the mint city within Karia is less certain. The most current interpretation of the inscriptions and some recorded provenances support Kasolaba, a city which is mentioned in the Athenian Tribute Lists but whose precise location is uncertain.
GS66520. Silver hemiobol, Konuk Kasolaba 10, SNG Kayhan 997, SNG Keckman 885, Troxell Carians 9B, VF, obverse off-center, weight 0.415 g, maximum diameter 8.0 mm, die axis 90o, Kasolaba mint, c. 410 - 390 B.C.; obverse head of ram right; reverse young male head right, Carian ethnic abbreviation: A - O divided low across field, within a shallow round incuse; SOLD


Kasolaba, Caria, c. 410 - 390 B.C.

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One of the letters on most example of this type or is only known in the Karian script but determining the mint city within Karia is less certain. The most current interpretation of the inscriptions and some recorded provenances support Kasolaba, a city which is mentioned in the Athenian Tribute Lists but whose precise location is uncertain.
GS82451. Silver hemiobol, Konuk Kasolaba 7, SNG Kayhan 996, SNG Keckman 873, SNG Tübingen 3316, Klein 497, Troxell 9A, VF, attractive classical style, lamination defects, weight 0.405 g, maximum diameter 7.7 mm, die axis 180o, Kasolaba mint, c. 410 - 390 B.C.; obverse head of ram right; reverse young male head right, Carian ethnic abbreviation: - A divided low across field, , within a shallow round incuse; SOLD


Kasolaba, Caria, c. 410 - 390 B.C.

Click for a larger photo
One of the letters on most example of this type or is only known in the Karian script but determining the mint city within Karia is less certain. The most current interpretation of the inscriptions and some recorded provenances support Kasolaba, a city which is mentioned in the Athenian Tribute Lists but whose precise location is uncertain.
GS73023. Silver hemiobol, Konuk Kasolaba 7, Troxell Carians 9a, weight 0.490 g, maximum diameter 7.6 mm, die axis 0o, Kasolaba mint, c. 410 - 390 B.C.; obverse head of ram right; reverse young male head right, Carian ethnic abbreviation: - A divided low across field, within incuse square; SOLD


Kasolaba, Caria, c. 410 - 390 B.C.

Click for a larger photo
One of the letters on most example of this type or is only known in the Karian script but determining the mint city within Karia is less certain. The most current interpretation of the inscriptions and some recorded provenances support Kasolaba, a city which is mentioned in the Athenian Tribute Lists but whose precise location is uncertain.
GS50503. Silver hemiobol, Konuk Kasolaba 8, Troxell Carians 9B, SNG Kayhan 994, SNG Tübingen 3320, VF, obverse off-center, weight 0.384 g, maximum diameter 7.7 mm, die axis 45o, Carian mint, c. 410 - 390 B.C.; obverse head of ram right; reverse young male head right, Karian ethnic A - divided across lower field, reverse only slightly concave; SOLD


Kasolaba, Caria, c. 420 - 400 B.C.

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One of the letters on most example of this type or is only known in the Karian script but determining the mint city within Karia is less certain. The most current interpretation of the inscriptions and some recorded provenances support Kasolaba, a city which is mentioned in the Athenian Tribute Lists but whose precise location is uncertain.
GA80104. Silver hemiobol, Konuk Kasolaba 5, SNG Keckman 875, Troxell Carians 9A, VF, weight 0.485 g, maximum diameter 8.04 mm, die axis 225o, Kasolaba mint, c. 420 - 400 B.C.; obverse head of ram right; reverse young male head right, Carian ethnic abbreviation: - divided low across field, within square incuse; SOLD


Kasolaba, Caria, c. 410 - 390 B.C.

Click for a larger photo
One of the letters on most example of this type or is only known in the Karian script but determining the mint city within Karia is less certain. The most current interpretation of the inscriptions and some recorded provenances support Kasolaba, a city which is mentioned in the Athenian Tribute Lists but whose precise location is uncertain.
GS80413. Silver hemiobol, Konuk Kasolaba 10, SNG Kayhan 997, SNG Keckman 885, Troxell 9B, VF, weight 0.388 g, maximum diameter 6.21 mm, die axis 0o, Kasolaba mint, c. 410 - 390 B.C.; obverse head of ram right; reverse young male head right, Carian ethnic abbreviation: A - O divided low across field, within a shallow round incuse; SOLD




  




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REFERENCES|

Adiego, I.-J. The Carian Language. (Leiden-Boston, 2006).
Babelon, E. Traité des Monnaies Grecques et Romaines. (Paris, 1901-1932).
Klein, D. Sammlung von griechischen Kleinsilbermünzen und Bronzen. Nomismata 3. (Milano, 1999).
Konuk, K. "Kasolaba, a new mint in Karia?" in Kermatia Philias (2009).
Konuk, K. "The Coinage of the Hekatomnids of Caria" in D. Phil. diss. University of Oxford (1998), p. 31-34.
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Deutschland, Münzsammlung Universität Tübingen, Part 5: Karien und Lydien. (Berlin, 1994).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Finland, The Erkki Keckman Collection in the Skopbank, Helsinki, Part 1: Karia. (Helsinki, 1994).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Turkey 1: The Muharrem Kayhan Collection.
Troxell, H. "Carians in Miniature" in Houghton, A., et al. Studies in Honor of Leo Mildenberg. (Wettern, 1984), pp. 248 - 257, pl. 40.

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