#coin of #Tigranes the Great, King of kings, (ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ ΤΙΓΡΑΝΟΥ) #kingdom of #Armenia at its greatest extent in history. 95-56 BC. Holding this coin makes me wonder in awe, that so many people more than 2000 years ago actually held this in their hands. A large silver tetradrachm. All the coins of that area and period used #Greek letters. the Armenian alphabet was invented in the fifth century AD. Until then Aramaic, then Greek letters were used. (Alexander the Great spread his influence as well as his alphabet all the way to Persia and India.)The reverse of the coin is a beautiful deity called #TYCHE meaning “luck” (the Roman equivalent of “Fortuna” which is used on many coins of the era, especially Asia Minor, Phoenicia and specifically common to the ancient city of Antioch. She is the daughter of #Aphrodite and Zeus, and governed over the good fortune and prosperity of a city. That figure swimming below Tyche is the river god of Orontes, a historically significant river flowing through modern day Turkey/Syria. Antioch was founded on the banks of this river by a successor of Alexander the Great, SELEUCOS I, who also founded the Seleucid kingdom. 200 years later, as Tigranes the Great conquered Antioch, he had his most beautiful coins minted there due to the craftsmanship residing in the city. In 87 BC, #Halleys #comet appeared in the skies and thereafter Tigranes the Great used that apparition as a sign heralding a new era of “King of Kings”. The comet can be seen in some of his coins as a star with a curved tail on his crown, or Tiara.