Paphlagonia, Sinope. c. 330-300

Paphlagonia, Sinope. c. 330-300

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AR Drachm, 4.93g (16.5mm, 5h). Agreos, magistrate. Head of nymph left, hair in sakkos, wearing triple-pendant earring and pearl necklace / Sea eagle standing left, wings spread, on dolphin left; AΓ[PEΩΣ] below eagle's wings, ΣIN[Ω] below dolphin.

Pedigree: Ex Triton XVIII, 6-7 January 2015, lot 566. From the collection of a Southern Pathologist, purchased from C. H. Wolfe, 11 July 1988

References: RG 25; HGC 7, 399; SNG BM Black Sea 1481–3; SNG von Aulock 6847–9 var. (magistrate)

Grade: Incredible strike and iridescent toning. Mint State  (gk1013)

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Sinope was a colony of the Miletus, a Greek city-state located in Asia Minor near modern day Anatolia. Miletus was a hugely successful settlement and one of the richest which made Sinope one of the more wealthier colonies on the south coast of the Black Sea (also called the Euxine). In the fifth century BC, Sinope was a strength on the seas and its fleet was among the best there was at the time. At the time that this coin was struck Sinope had been overtaken by the Persians. The earlier coins, pre-Persian dominance, featured an eagle’s head and a quadripartite incuse square until c. 453 BC. Subsequently, the obverse shows the head of Sinope (or nymph as described above) and a sea-eagle on a dolphin on the reverse. Once the Persians became overlords, magistrates ruled the area and their names were added to the coinage, as is the case with our coin.