Dynasts of Lycia. Wekhssere II. Zagaba mint, c. 400-390/80 BC

Dynasts of Lycia. Wekhssere II. Zagaba mint, c. 400-390/80 BC

4,750.00

1/3 Stater, 3.07g (17mm, 11h). Facing scalph of lion / Three quarter facing head of Athena.

References: Müseler, Lykische Münzen VII, 4. Olcay / Mørkholm, Podalia Hoard 13

Grade: A few cuts on the edges but spectacular strike on reverse of 3/4 facing Athena. Beautiful iridescent toning. EF (gk1254)

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Lycia is located on the western shores of Asia Minor, now modern day Turkey. This coin was struck at a time when the area was being ruled by the Achaemenid Empire. The Achaemenids allowed the Lycians to install local dynasts to oversee and implement rule. Not much is known of the dynast Wekhssere II. He likely attained his position through familial avenues. This ⅓ stater showcases the lion on the obverse which is common symbolism found on Lycian coinage. The reverse is a striking rendition of the goddess Athena in a ¾ facing pose.