Stater of Aspendos with two wrestlers

Greek
Classical Period
394–380 B.C.


Mint: Pamphylia, Aspendos

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2099.

Dimensions

Diameter: 25 mm. Weight: 10.98 gm.

Accession Number

04.1125

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Two nude youths confronting, engaged in wrestling, bodies relaxed; one on right, seen partly in rear view, grasping opponent’s right arm with right hand and holding opponent’s belt with left, while thrusting left leg upwards between opponent’s legs; one on left holding with both hands the left arm of the opponent.
Between wrestlers, ivy leaf on stem upwards.
In exergue, uncertain countermark below the ground line.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Young slinger standing to right, upper body facing, left leg forward; raised arms holding sling ready to shoot; in short, sleeveless chiton, skirt of which is flying in wind, open at right hip. Between slinger’s feet, oblong countermark, bull’s head facing (?), placed horizontally;
At left, inscription in Greek. At right, triskeles of human legs; at right, below triskeles, eagle standing right, wings closed.
Dotted square border; square incuse.

Provenance

By date unknown: Ivanoff Collection; 1863: Sotheby sale of the Ivanoff Collection, no. 458 (according to Regling and Brett); by date unknown: Canon Greenwell Collection; July 1902: acquired from Canon Greenwell Collection by Edward Perry Warren (Regling, Die Griechischen Münzen der Sammlung Warren, no. 1237); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund