Stater of Aptera with head of Artemis
Early Hellenistic Period
about 280 B.C.
Mint: Crete, Aptera
Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 108.
Diameter: 27 mm. Weight: 11.56 gm. Die Axis: 12
Medium or Technique
Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins (Gallery 212C)
Obverse: Head of Artemis to right, wearing complex earring, necklace, and stephane enriched with palmettes.
Inscriptions before neck and behind head and in front of face, in small letters.
Reverse: Warrior (Apteras, called Ptolioecus) standing facing, head to left, wearing crested helmet and cuirass. He holds a spear and a shield enriched with a many-pointed star in the left hand; the right hand is raised toward a small tree at the left. Ground line.
Inscription on either side of the warrior.
By 1957: with A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., 3 Robert Street, Adelphi, London W.C. 2; November 14, 1957: purchased by MFA for £ 650- from A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd.
Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour