Patara, Lycia (Wekhssere I Dynast?)
[B]Patara, Lycia (possible Wekhssere I Dynast?; c.420 BC.)
[u]Obv[/u]: Head of Athena in crested helmet, facing right.
[u]Rev[/u]: Head of Hermes in winged petasos, facing right; caduceus to the right and diskeles to the left of figure.
[u]Attribution[/u]: Unique; cf. SNG v. Aulock 4196; Traite pl. ci, 21 var.
[u]Provenance[/u]: ex. Ponterio 134 (4.22.05, #1445); CNG Triton IV (#284); CNG 60 (5.22.02, #838).
[u]Weight[/u]: 1.13 gm
[u]Maximal Diameter[/u]: 13.28 mm
[u]Note[/u]: Coin previously attributed to Tlos, but more evidence supports Patara, possibly the Lycian Dynasty of Wekhssere I (see Sear 5216). Patara was an important city near the mouth of the Xanthos river, which possessed the celebrated temple of Apollo Lycius or Pataraeus, where the god gave answers for the six winter months. The city was named after Pataraeus, son of Apollo, and was later enlarged by Ptolemy Philadelphus, who called the city, Arsinoe.