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    Carian Satraps. Hidrieus. Ca. 351/0-344/3 B.C. AR tetradrachm, (22 mm, 15.19 g, 12 h). Laureate head of Apollo facing slightly right / Zeus Labraundos standing right, holding double-axe and spear; between foot and spear, small E. SNG Keckman -; Traité II 100; SNG von Aulock 8046; SNG Copenhagen suppl. 340. Choice XF, toned, minor surface flaws. Ex David P. Herman Collection (Triton X, 8 January 2007), 345; NAC 23 (19 March 2002), 1265.

    Few details are known about the career of Hidrieus as satrap of Caria, but he is reported to have assembled a fleet and 8000 mercenaries in support of a Persian invasion of Cyprus and to have expanded his territory to include the islands of Chios, Kos, and Rhodes. Hidrieus died of disease in 344 B.C. and left power to his sister-wife, Ada. The head of Apollo on this coin may reflect Rhodian typological influence, while the figure of Zeus Labraundos on the reverse represents the patron deity of Mylasa, the Carian capital of the Hekatomnid satrapal dynasty to which Hidrieus belonged.


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