Registered: March 2005
Location: Piedmont of North Carolina
Uncertain Mint, Lycia (Mithrapata Dynast; 380-370 BC.)
Obv: Pear whelk shell; dotted circular border.
Rev: Hippocamp or ketos, facing right; shallow circular incuse; repair.
Attribution: BMC 139, pl.8, 7; Traite II, pl.52, 30; Sear 5229; Klein 606 (obv)
Provenance: ex. CNG 70 (#305), 9.21.05
Weight: 0.56 gm.
Maximal Diameter: 8 mm.
Notes: 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.
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