Sep 11 – 16, 2022
University of Warsaw
Europe/Warsaw timezone

Paying with the wolf. Small change from Lycaonian Laranda

Sep 16, 2022, 3:00 PM
Auditorium Maximum - Adam Mickiewicz Hall

Auditorium Maximum - Adam Mickiewicz Hall

oral presentation S17. GREECE 17. ASIA MINOR 2


Katharina Martin (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität )


In the 4th century BC, a large number of silver fractions were issued in southern Asia Minor to meet an apparently growing demand for small change in the region. Among them are obols from the Lycaonian hinterland, which can be attributed to the mint of Laranda (today Karaman). These coins have a specific reverse motif in common: the forepart of a wolf. The most frequent obverse type shows Baaltars, which links – at least iconographically – to Cilicia.
The die quality and the shape of flans differ significantly, which indicates extensive issue(s). Hoards and coin finds would be an important source for questions about the circulation pattern and economic function, but the lack of information on finds and find contexts requires a different approach: a die study is expected to furnish further insights into the minting process, the extent and duration of the issue, and probably also on a wider currency area.

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Katharina Martin (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität )

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