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REF: CNG E-398, lot 291 (otherwise unpublished)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  The labrys (double-headed axe) is a rare symbol for these, unpublished in the standard references.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

SKU: 3339

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