The third known coin of Worod of Hatra
Lot 721
HATRA. Worod, circa 138-152/176. AE (Bronze, 30 mm, 14.45 g, 1 h). 𐡅𐡆𐡅𐡆 ('wrwd' in Aramaic) Draped bust of Worod to right, wearing elaborate erect coiffure and necklace. Rev. Large S C within wreath with eagle above. Leu 4 (2019), 397 = U. Hartmann and A. Luther: Münzen des hatrenischen Herrn wrwd (Worod), in: Formen des Kontakts zwischen Orient und Okzident im Altertum, Stuttgart 2002, pp. 163, note 11 = Lindgren 2596 (same reverse die). Of the highest rarity, the third known example of this historically interesting issue. Minor traces of overstriking, otherwise, good fine.


Worod, whose name in Greek reads Orodes, appears to have a local chieftain who gained some prominence in Hatra the 2nd century AD. Udo Hartmann and Andreas Luther identify him with a 'mry wrwd' ('Lord Worod') attested in a number of inscriptions in the sanctuary of Shamash in Hatra. Worod's reign or chieftainship likely postdates 138, as the eagle above the S C occurs in the Antiochian coinage under Antoninus Pius for the first time, but it must have ended before the Hatrean Kingdom was introduced, which occurred sometime between 152 and 176.
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