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CNG Feature Auction 115

Lot nuber 317

SELEUKID EMPIRE. Antiochos VII Euergetes (Sidetes). 138-129 BC. AR Tetradrachm (30.5mm, 15.92 g, 12h). Mallos mint.

CNG Feature Auction 115
Lot: 317.
 Estimated: $ 3 000

Greek, Silver

Sold For $ 4 750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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SELEUKID EMPIRE. Antiochos VII Euergetes (Sidetes). 138-129 BC. AR Tetradrachm (30.5mm, 15.92 g, 12h). Mallos mint. Diademed head right; M to left / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY EYEPΓETOY, Cult statue of Athena Magarsia, wearing aegis, standing facing on basis; monogram below left legend, M with incurved sides below right legend. SC 2059.1a (this coin referenced); Houghton, Mallus –; HGC 9, 1072. Toned, slightly off center on obverse. Good VF. Extremely rare with this monogram.

From the MNL Collection. Ex Gorny & Mosch 244 (13 October 2014), lot 351; Gorny & Mosch 159 (8 October 2007), lot 251; Gorny & Mosch 107 (2 April 2001), lot 264.

The Temple of Athena at Magarsos, near Mallos, was an important cult sanctuary in the Hellenistic period. The central statue of Athena Magarsia is known only from the handful of coins that have survived, which show a blending of Greek and eastern motifs. The town of Margasos is thought to have been founded in the Hittite era, and R. Lane Fox has recently analyzed the cult site in his book Travelling Heroes in the Epic Age of Homer (pp. 82ff). He believes that the site was established by Sennacherib, king of Assyria, in the aftermath of a naval victory at the mouth of the Pyramos river that flows through the town, who dedicated the shrine to the goddess Anat or Ishtar. The identification of the statue as Athena is thought to have been made by Alexander the Great, who made a sacrifice at the temple just prior to the Battle of Issos in 333 BC.

From the collector: “Particularly noteworthy is the portrayal of Athena Magarsia's cult image on the reverse. Oriental and Greek influences are intermingled in the cult image, which is hieratic with angled arms. In the conception of ancient Anatolian and Syrian models, only attributes and attire recall the Greek deity, while at the same time the stars to be seen on the side of the head indicate the origin of the cult, the local worship of the ancient fertility godliness of Astarte.”

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 115 lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 16-17 September 2020. This lot is in Session 1, which begins 16 September 2020 at 9 AM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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