Unknown Mint, Lycia (Unknown Lycian Dynast)
[b]Unknown Mint, Lycia (Unknown Lycian Dynast - possibly Kuprilli or earlier; 480-440 BC.)
[u]Obv[/u]: Sphinx with forepaw raised, facing right.
[u]Rev[/u]: Crab within dotted incuse square.
[u]Attribution[/u]: BMC Pl.II, 5 var.; Vismara II, 51-54 var.; SNG von Aulock 4084
[u]Provenance[/u]: ex. Colosseum Coin Exchange 138 (#43), 11.14.06
[u]Weight[/u]: 8.70 gm.
[u]Maximal Diameter[/u]: 22.80 mm.
[u]Notes[/u]: These very rare aniepigraphic sphinx/crab issues (~ 8-9 known) have not been associated through hoard or archeological discovery to a particular Lycian Dynast, but their heavier weight standard; higher content silver; and use of representational figural incuse suggest that they were produced in the transition between the proto-Dynastic and Dynastic periods. This piece, while rough with surface reticulation and cystallization, shows more refined, human-like facial features and artistic rendering of the body and wings on the sphinx relative to the other known examples in the Falghera Collection and BMC.