TIGRANES THE GREAT SILVER TETRADRACHM – ΩI AND “STAUROGRAM” ISSUE OF TIGRANOCERTA – VF NGC GRADED GREEK ARMENIAN COIN (Inv. 15629)
ARMENIAN KINGDOM. TIGRANES II THE GREAT, 95-56 BC
Silver tetradrachm, 26 mm. Minted at Tigranocerta, ca. 80-68 BC
Obv. Diademed and draped bust of Trigranes right, wearing Armenian tiara with star and eagles, bead-and-reel border around.
BAΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY,Tyche seated right on rock, holding palm, river god Orontes swimming below, ΩI control in right field, XP control monogram on rock.
AC 34; Kovacs 71.2
NGC graded VF, an interesting variety where the XP control on the rock coincidentally resembles the “staurogram” symbol of Christ seen in Christian iconography.