Stater of Tarsos with seated Baaltars, struck under Datames

Greek
Classical Period
about 375 B.C.


Mint: Cilicia (Satrapy), Tarsos

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2134.

Dimensions

Diameter: 22 mm. Weight: 10.38 gm.

Accession Number

01.5643

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Baaltars seated right on throne without back; in lowered right, scepter surmounted by an eagle with open wings; in extended and lowered left, a bunch of grapes on stem downwards and ear of corn on stalk upwards; bearded, hair at back rolled; upper body nude, himation over lower body; below throne, bull’s head facing; above right, incense burner.
Inscription in Aramaic.
Plain border with row of towers (turreted wall of Tarsos).
Reverse: Satrap Datames seated right on throne without back, sighting or straightening arrow held in raised right hand and outstretched left; in tiara bound with ribbon, with loose flap on neck and flaps tied under chin; wearing girdled chiton reaching to knees, cloak on right shoulder, arm protectors, and trousers of material with square pattern; bare feet resting on footstool; below right, bow upwards; above right, winged sun disk.
Inscription in Aramaic.
Border of dots.

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