CILICIA, Satraps of

Tarkumuwa (Datames), 385-362 BC

AR Obol. 0.69g, 10.2mm
MINTED: CILICIA, Tarsos, Tarkumuwa (Datames) as Satrap, 384-361/0 BC
REF: Göktürk 25; SNG BN 278–81; SNG Levante 81
OBVERSE: Draped bust of female (Aphrodite?) right, wearing tainia.

REVERSE: Bearded head right, wearing crested Attic helmet, drapery around neck; TRKMW (in Aramaic) to right.


Very Fine. Toned; some porosity. Excellent details for a small silver fraction of this size.


Historical Notes:

Datames was a Persian general of Carian origin, appointed by Artaxerxes II to the important position of satrap (governor) of Cilicia and Cappadocia.  The fame he won for his courage and abilities as a military strategist earned him enemies at the Persian court, who denounced him to the king.  As a result, Datames allied himself with several other satraps, and with the support of the Egyptian pharaoh Nektanebo I, revolted against Artaxerxes.  During the Revolt of the Satraps (366-360 BC), Datames would defeat every Persian force sent against him, as well as survive numerous assassination attempts.  He was finally betrayed and murdered in 362 BC by Mithridates, the son of his ally, Ariobarzanes of Phrygia.

CILICIA, Satraps of . Tarkumuwa (Datames), 384-360 BC . AR Obol

SKU: 2114
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