LYCIA, Dynasts of
Mithrapata (390-370 BC)
AR Sixth Stater (Diobol). 1.38g, 12mm
MINTED: LYCIA, uncertain mint, circa 390-370 BC
REF: CNG E-398, lot 291 (otherwise unpublished)
OBVERSE: Lion scalp facing.
REVERSE: Triskeles; labrys in one section, legend around; all within incuse square.
Very Fine. The labrys (double-headed axe) is a rare symbol for these, unpublished in the standard references.
Historical Notes:Lycia was a mountainous region in southwestern Anatolia (present day Turkey). During the reign of Cyrus the Great (559-530 BC), Lycia came under the control of the Persian Empire. The Lycians were given much autonomy by the Persians, and fought on their side during the Greco-Persian Wars (499-449 BC).
Mithrapata was a dynast, or local ruler, who ruled part of Lycia around 390-370 BC as a subject of Artaxerxes II of Persia (404-358 BC).
LYCIA, Dynasts of . Mithrapata, 390-370 BC . AR Diobol . Rare labrys symbol
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