Stater of Tarsos with Herakles strangling lion

Greek
Classical Period
375–350 B.C.


Mint: Cilicia, Tarsos

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2339.

Dimensions

Diameter: 25 mm. Weight: 10.70 gm.

Accession Number

49.1904

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Herakles, nude and beardless, kneeling left on club, strangling the Nemean lion with both hands.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Head of Aphrodite as city goddess to left, wearing kalathos ornamented with a palmette between phialai (?), pointed earring and necklace; hair falling to shoulders.
Inscription in field at left.
Border of dots.

Provenance

Said to come from a recent hoard found in Cilicia; by 1949: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Freiestrasse 103, Basel, Switzerland (Auktion 8, December 8-10, 1949, Gelben Saal des Stadtcasinos, Barfüsserplatz, Basel, lot 855); purchased at Münzen und Medaillen Auktion 8 by MFA, December 1949 (total purchase price for MFA 49.1902-49.1907 = $ 2,574.75)

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Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour