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Limyra, Lycia (Unknown Dynast)


[b]Limyra, Lycia (Unknown Lycian Dynast - possibly Zag or contemporary; 460-440 BC.) AR Hemiobol[/b] [u]Obv[/u]: Male in Corinthian helmet, facing right. [u]Rev[/u]: Circling dolphins within dotted circular border; possible Lycian characters between dolphins ("ZE"?); circular incluse. [u]Attribution[/u]: Klein 601 (this coin) [u]Provenance[/u]: ex. Sayles & Lavender (#12779), 3.6.09 [u]Weight[/u]: 0.24 gm. [u]Maximal Diameter[/u]: 8 mm. [u]Axis[/u]: 12 [u]Notes[/u]: Possibly unique. No other examples known. A tentative attribution to the Limyra mint is based upon dolphin motif and possible Lycian script between the dolphins representative of the Zag Dynast. Limyra was a small city in Lycia on the southern coast of Asia Minor, on the Limyrus River, and twenty stadia from the mouth of that river. It is mentioned by Strabo (XIV, 666), Ptolemy (V, 3, 6) and several Latin authors. Nothing, however, is known of its history except that Gaius Caesar, adopted son of Augustus, died there (Velleius Paterculus, II, 102). JB309

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