AR Stater. 10.61g, 22.1mm
MINTED: PAMPHYLIA, Aspendos, circa 380-325 BC
REF: BMC 52; SNG Copenhagen 214; Tekin Series 4
OBVERSE: Two wrestlers; the left one holds the left arm of his opponent with both hands, the opponent grasping with right hand his right wrist; no control in between legs.
REVERSE: Slinger, wearing short chiton, discharging sling to right; Π in between legs; on right, triskeles to right, EΣTFEΔIIVΣ behind, all within incuse square; c/m: wolf running left in rectangular incuse.
Ex Harlan J. Berk
Very Fine. A nicely-styled piece with attractive dark toning. Some flatness on one wrestler as a result of countermark applied on reverse. Excellent detail on the slinger!
Historical Notes:Aspendos was one of the chief cities of Pamphylia in ancient times, prospering from a brisk trade in salt, oil and wool. The city was one of the first in the region to strike coins, primarily silver staters which became widely accepted and used by other cities. As is evidenced on these coins, the city's local Pamphylian name was Estwediya, and from the late 5th century, its distinctive symbols came to be two wrestlers engaged in competition, and the sling-wielding soldier, for which the city was famous.
Though Aspendos was punished with a heavy tax by Alexander the Great in 333 BC for attempting to renege on a treaty of submission they had agreed to, the city thrived and grew again when it became, first, part of the Seleukid kingdom, and then later a possession of the Attalid kingdom of Pergamon.
PAMPHYLIA, Aspendos . 380-325 BC . AR Stater . Wrestlers / Slinger . Ex HJ Berk
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