Archaios | Dynasts of Lycia Mithrapata Facing Lion Scalp / Triskeles | Silver

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Seller: archaiosnumismatics (713) 100%, Location: Seattle, Washington, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 293020720381 Archaios Numismatics Description: Greek Silver coin ( 1/6 Stater or Diobol ) of Mithrapata, Dynast of Lycia, 4th Century BC. Obverse: Lion Scalp facing Reverse: Triskeles within shallow incuse square. Ancient Lycian letters and an Arrow (or Spear) in the angles between legs: 𐊎 𐊆 𐊉 which translate to M-I-TH .. short for Mithrapata. (Die break through the corner with 𐊉) Mint: Uncertain Mint of Lycia Size: 14 mm Weight: 1.46 g Ref: This examples with Arrow (or Spear) control mark is Unpublished in SNG Van Aulock - and Mørkhom & Olçay - ; SNG von Aulock 4240 var. (no examples with arrow) Condition: gVF with weak strike on obverse Use the Pictures as your judge as grading is subjective. Inventory #: 422.737.2 Notes: Mithrapata was dynast of Lycia in the early 4th century BC, at a time when this part of Anatolia was subject to the Persian, or Achaemenid, Empire. Present-day knowledge of Lycia in the period of classical antiquity comes mostly from archaeology, in which this region is unusually rich. Believed to have been based at Antiphellus, Mithrapata is known to have competed for power with another man named Arttumpara. The name of Mithrapata, which is of Persian origin, is known from Lycian coins and also from inscriptions. During the fifth and fourth centuries B.C., the Lycian nobility was using Persian names, so Mithrapata may have been one of them. However, it has also been suggested that he may have been a Persian sent to rule Lycia by Artaxerxes II. The Triskeles (or triskelion) is a symbol consisting of a triple spiral exhibiting rotational symmetry. The spiral design can be based on interlocking Archimedean spirals, or represent three bent human legs. Both terms are from Greek meaning "three legged". The symbol appears in many early cultures, the first in Malta (4400–3600 BCE) and in the astronomical calendar at the famous megalithic tomb of Newgrange in Ireland built around 3200 BCE, Mycenaean vessels, on coinage in Lycia, and on staters of Pamphylia (at Aspendos, 370–333 BCE) and Pisidia. It appears as a heraldic emblem on warriors' shields depicted on Greek pottery.. Incudes Excerpts from Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia We Thank You for stopping in and taking time to look at and bid on our listings. Good Luck Bidding ! We encourage you to click the "See other items" link above in the "Seller Information" area of the listing as well to check out our other items posted. We have a variety of great classical and other ancient numismatic items available. We will be regularly continuing to post for sale and auction a wide variety of Ancient Roman, Greek, and Eastern coins as well as Medieval, Byzantine, and some Modern coins as well. You can also follow us to be notified when new listings are posted. With over 20 years in the numismatics hobby we continue to revel in the excitement that comes from holding each new small piece of history in our hands. We enjoy the enduring sense of history both of the prior uses and users as well as the creativity and necessity that surround the time and place at which these coins were minted and used in circulation. Our aim is to cater not just to the high end collector but also to the hobbyist and the newly initiated and those on a limited budget. Everyone starts the hobby somewhere and where we can share our knowledge to help inform or jumpstart your collecting pleasure we will aim to do so. We want you to love every purchase you make with us and we always stand by the quality and authenticity of all the coins we are selling. Denomination: Diobol, Composition: Silver

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