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Rare Early Silver Stater of Aspendos with Hoplite

Rare Early Silver Stater of Aspendos with Hoplite


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1113630
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This rare piece is a Greek silver stater from the ancient Greek city-state of Aspendos, and was minted circa 480-450 B.C. Aspendos was located on the southern coast of modern day Turkey in a region known as Pamphylia. Aspendos was an important port and navel base. It seems to have preferred Persian rule, despite its Greek origins, and even offered resistance to Alexander on his advance through Asia Minor circa 334-333 B.C. Aspendos was subsequently included within the dominions of the Pergamene Kings from circa 189-133 B.C. This piece weighs approximately 10.8 gms, and is minted on the Persic Weight Standard of 11.0 gms for a silver stater. On the obverse, this coin has a nude Greek helmeted hoplite warrior, who is seen walking right, holding a hoplite shield in his extended left arm and a sword in his right hand. On the reverse, there is a triskeles of three human legs, with a standing cock seen below on the left, and an olive branch seen to the right. This rare coin is from the first issue of Aspendos, which was famous for providing Greek hoplites for use in the field. The adoption of the hoplite seen on the obverse was a logical choice, as this coin was minted to pay for it's hoplites in the field. The flan of this coin was also clipped, and was then minted. The clipping of the flan was done to conform this coin to the Persic Weight Standard of 11.0 gms, and this flan was likely a tetradrachm based on the Attic Weight Standard of 17.2 gms, which was hammered, clipped, and re-minted into the coin type that is seen here. The minting of a clipped flan is an indication of a pressing need for coinage, and ancient Greek coinage of this type is seldom seen on the market. This coin has a good very fine condition, and is also a rare first issue from Aspendos. Sear no. 5382. Ex: Spink & Sons, London. Ex: Private German collection. I certify that this piece is authentic as to date, culture, and condition: