Investigating and introducing signs of Achamenid Shekel coins, from the collection of Mazandaran Museum

نوع مقاله : مقاله پژوهشی

نویسنده

Ph.D. Candidate in Archeology, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

چکیده

Present paper involves in investigation and introduction of the coined signs on the some 240 Achamenid shekels, of the collection of Mazandaran Museum. Investigation of law enforcements indicate that the collection seized of looters from Asalooyeh region (ambiguous locality). Following looks have presented typical coins of seven kings who reigned around 184 years since 522 BC to 338 BC. Some 195 coins of total 240 ones, have sings, mostly with one sign, while rare samples present up to 9 signs. Numismatists and archaeologists assign them various functions, including mint sign, finesse, and weight affirmation. Do the definitions include the studied collection? Why some of the coins have no signs? The investigations led to 567 signs, typically from plain to geometrical and zooid ones. There are many signs in the collection that is similar to the known samples in many ways, however, there are unique signs unsimilar to any other marks, which are not necessarily, mint marks, because they are more obvious than the king’s figure that eroded in most of the cases. Obviously, they are later engravings, whereas, 45 coins lacks any signs. The other conclusion is the transition of concepts of the signs as hidden mysterious messages such as a king death and reign of a new king.

کلیدواژه‌ها


عنوان مقاله [English]

Investigating and introducing signs of Achamenid Shekel coins, from the collection of Mazandaran Museum

نویسنده [English]

  • Saman Soortiji
Ph.D. Candidate in Archeology, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
چکیده [English]

Present paper involves in investigation and introduction of the coined signs on the some 240 Achamenid shekels, of the collection of Mazandaran Museum. Investigation of law enforcements indicate that the collection seized of looters from Asalooyeh region (ambiguous locality). Following looks have presented typical coins of seven kings who reigned around 184 years since 522 BC to 338 BC. Some 195 coins of total 240 ones, have sings, mostly with one sign, while rare samples present up to 9 signs. Numismatists and archaeologists assign them various functions, including mint sign, finesse, and weight affirmation. Do the definitions include the studied collection? Why some of the coins have no signs? The investigations led to 567 signs, typically from plain to geometrical and zooid ones. There are many signs in the collection that is similar to the known samples in many ways, however, there are unique signs unsimilar to any other marks, which are not necessarily, mint marks, because they are more obvious than the king’s figure that eroded in most of the cases. Obviously, they are later engravings, whereas, 45 coins lacks any signs. The other conclusion is the transition of concepts of the signs as hidden mysterious messages such as a king death and reign of a new king.

کلیدواژه‌ها [English]

  • Achamenid
  • coin
  • Shekel
  • signs
  • the collection of Mazandaran Museum
  • تاریخ دریافت: 18 اسفند 1400
  • تاریخ بازنگری: 20 شهریور 1401
  • تاریخ پذیرش: 22 اسفند 1400
  • تاریخ اولین انتشار: 22 اسفند 1400