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M. M. Choref (Nizhnevartovsk, Russian Federation)

Countermarks on Staters of King Pharzoius as Sources of Historical Information

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Pages: 319-330

The study addresses such rare coins as King Pharzoius's staters, whose emissions are diverse and long-lasting. Countermarks on them stir special interest: two types of monograms and the image of dolphin. While the countermarks have not been studied and the abbreviations still not decoded, the author makes an attempt to shed light into these issues. As a result, he managed to identify Nero's and Galba's names' abbreviations. Countermarks with their names were struck on lightweight Pharzoius's staters, while dolphin could be struck on his full-weight gold coins, as ordered by the Olbian authorities.

Keywords: Olbia, Roman period, Sarmatians, Pharzoius, numismatics

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Michael Choref
(Nizhnevartovsk, Russian Federation). Candidate of Historical Sciences. Nizhnevartovsk State University. Lenin St., 56, Nizhnevartovsk, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District — Yugra, 628605, Russian Federation
E-mail: [email protected]

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