Didrachm with head wearing a Phrygian cap

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


Mint: Paphlagonia, Amastris

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

1981.360

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins (Gallery 212C)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

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