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Uncertain Mint, Lycia (Mithrapata Dynast)


[b]Uncertain Mint, Lycia (Mithrapata Dynast; 380-370 BC.) AR obol[/b] [u]Obv[/u]: Pear whelk shell; dotted circular border. [u]Rev[/u]: Hippocamp or ketos, facing right; shallow circular incuse; repair. [u]Attribution[/u]: BMC 139, pl.8, 7; Traite II, pl.52, 30; Sear 5229; Klein 606 (obv) [u]Provenance[/u]: ex. CNG 70 (#305), 9.21.05 [u]Weight[/u]: 0.56 gm. [u]Maximal Diameter[/u]: 8 mm. [u]Axis[/u]: 12 [u]Notes[/u]: While the similarities to the type of Mithrapata suggest an attribution to that dynast, all of his coins bear at least a portion of his name and there are no letters on this coin. As types tend to be transferred from dynast to dynast, it is possible that this issue is from a contemporary of Mithrapata. A ketos (sea serpent) appears on only one other known dynast issue [e.g., Kunker 94 (#1246), 9.27.04; AR tetrobol], but sadly this coin is also anepigraphic, failing to provide a solid clue as to dynastic attribution. JB311

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Asia Minor - Lycia

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