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Didrachm with head wearing a Phrygian cap

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Obverse: Head of Amastris (?) or Mithras (?) to right, wearing Phrygian cap bound with laurel wreath. Reverse: Aphrodite (or Anaitis) seated left, holding Eros on outstretched right hand. Scepter leans against throne. Eros reaches up toward facing head of Helios. Inscription in Greek.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Numismatic Fine Arts, Inc., 342 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90212 (auction 10, Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills, September 17-18, lot 150); purchased at Numismatic Fine Arts, Inc. auction 10 by MFA; accessioned October 14, 1981

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Early Hellenistic Period, about 285–250 B.C.

Mint

Amastris, Paphlagonia

Dimensions

Diameter: 21 mm. Weight: 9.63 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

1981.360

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins