Stater of Amastris with head of Mithras

Greek
Hellenistic Period
300–279 B.C.


Mint: Paphlagonia, Amastris

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 1362.

Dimensions

Diameter: 21 mm. Weight: 9.62 gm.

Accession Number

01.5518

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Head of Mithras to right, wearing a Persian mitra or tiara with laurel wreath and eight-pointed star on top of the tiara..
Border of dots.
Reverse: Female figure, Anaitis or Aphrodite, seated to left on a throne with an armrest. She wears a crown (kalathos), chiton and himation, and in her right hand holds a Nike who is crowning her with a wreath. Behind her a long sceptre stands or leans against the throne. In field, left, a rose.
Inscription in Greek at right and monogram under the seat.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 22,142.63 (this figure is the total price for MFA 01.5425-01.5657)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund