Cilicia, Tarsos AR Stater. Circa 425-400 BC., Unique and of historical importance !!! read note.

Ancient Coins -  Cilicia, Tarsos AR Stater. Circa 425-400 BC., Unique and of historical importance !!! read note.
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 Cilicia, Tarsos AR Stater. Circa 425-400 BC.  Lion right, attacking bull standing left / Persian king standing right , holding spear and grain ear. SNG Levante---; SNG France ---. 10.57 gm , 16-25mm, 3h.Oval flan, attractively toned, Good Very Fine.probably unique

.This coin belongs to one of the earliest issues of Tarsos under Persian influence. Its military design suggests that it was intended to pay Persian troops, perhaps those of the Phoenician fleet mobilized by Tissaphernes in 411-410 BC. The corn ear, very prominent on this type as well as contemporary issues (and later satrapal issues showing a Greek hoplite), may represent the military payroll in form of food-rations. Kraay referred to the 'man' as a Persian soldier but in SNG France it is suggested that the man is most likely the Persian King, even though his crown is not visible on any known examples. but in this example of this unique type it is clear that it is a Persian king .

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