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Triton XXIV

Lot nuber 730

DYNASTS of LYCIA. Mithrapata. Circa 390-370 BC. AR Stater (25mm, 9.73 g, 10h).

Triton XXIV
Lot: 730.
 Estimated: $ 3 000

Greek, Coin-in-Hand Video, Silver

Sold For $ 5 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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DYNASTS of LYCIA. Mithrapata. Circa 390-370 BC. AR Stater (25mm, 9.73 g, 10h). Forepart of lion right / Head of Mithrapata left; MI-THRA-PATA in Lycian around, triskeles to lower right; all within incuse square. Mildenberg, Mithrapata 3 (dies 2/2); Podalia 37–40 (A2/P2); Müseler VII 66–9 (same dies); Reuter 98 (same obv. die); Falghera –; SNG Copenhagen Supp. 472 var. (arrangement of letters); SNG Ashmolean 1200 (same dies); SNG von Aulock 4237 (same dies). Toned, minor porosity. EF. Well centered, with an exemplary portrait and lion.

Ex Weise Collection; CNG inventory 763572 (January 2006).

The portraits on coins in the later Lycian series are among the finest of the Classical period. Among the earliest to attempt depictions of their rulers on coinage, the Lycians' first portraits in the later 5th century BC were innovative, but static, idealized forms lacking individual characterization. Over the next half-century, however, the style progressed significantly toward realism, culminating in the issues of the dynasts Mithrapata and Perikles in the early-mid 4th century BC. The coins of Mithrapata came first, depicting on their reverse the profile portrait of a man with distinctive elderly features. Through the relative chronology established in L. Mildenberg's die study, one can even see the portrait become more aged as time progressed, reflecting the realism that had been captured in these issues. The coins of Perikles, Mithrapata's successor, continue this trend. Interestingly, both Mithrapata and Perikles are depicted without any sort of satrapal headgear, which was always included in earlier Lycian portraits, perhaps indicating that they had declared their independence from the Persian king. Unfortunately, these astonishing developments in portraiture came to an abrupt end in Lycia when Maussollos of Caria invaded the region circa 360 BC.

The final winners of all Triton XXIV lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 19-20 January 2021. This lot is in Session Three, which begins 20 January 2021 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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