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Old 08-17-2006, 01:46 PM
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Kerux, have you seen the format ISEGRIM uses to describe coins? It is ideal for the kind of searches you want. For example, here are reverse descriptions featuring Tyche from Hierapolis:

WOMAN SITTING L(1) / ON / THRONE
WOMAN SITTING L(1) / ON / THRONE / THEREUNDER / BIRD / EAGLE
WOMAN SITTING L(1) / TYCHE(1) / ON / ROCK / FIGURE SWIMMING LE / RIVER-GOD PYRAMOS
WOMAN SITTING L(1) / TYCHE(1) / ON / SHIELDS
WOMAN STANDING HL(1) / TYCHE(1)
WOMAN STANDING HL(1) / TYCHE(1) / ALTAR LE(2)
HEAD WOMAN R / TYCHE
HEAD WOMAN R / TYCHE / TORCH
PERSONS 2 / WOMAN STANDING HR(1) / HEKATE(1) / MAN STANDING HL(2) / APOLLO(2)
PERSONS 2 / WOMAN STANDING HR(1) / TYCHE(1) / MAN STANDING HL(2) / EMPEROR(2)

I got these by searching for "Tyche", but if I didn't know it was Tyche I could have searched for "Woman Sitting", "Woman Standing", "Persons 2", "Head"+"Torch", etc.

Vacano's book _Typenkatalog der antiken Münzen Kleinasiens_ supposedly uses a similar scheme (I don't have the book; alas).

Along with these (which are called "Types") there are "Attributes", for example:

BRANCH PALM(1) / WREATH(1) / RUDDER(2) / POLOS / CORNUCOPIAE(2)
RUDDER(1) / POLOS / CORNUCOPIAE(1)
STAFF(1) / POLOS
HAND RAISED / POLOS / STAFF(1)
CORN-EARS(1) / TURRETED(1)
CORN-EARS(1) / POPPY(1) / RUDDER(1) / POLOS / CORNUCOPIAE(1) / FIGURE(1) / PLUTOS INFANT(1)
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