ARMENIA. Artaxata. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 22 mm, 6.87 g, 12 h), CY 12 and TE 69 = 53/2 BC. Draped and turreted bust of the city-goddess to right. Rev. APTA[ΞICATωN M]HTPOΠOΛEωC Grain ear; in field to left, IB; in field to right, ΘΞ above monogram. Kovacs 217. Extremely rare. Fine.
From an important collection of Armenian coins.
The civic coins of Artaxata are dually dated to the Pompeian Era and the so-called Tigranid Era, which goes back to the accession of Tigranes I to the Armenian throne in 121 BC.