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    Unpublished Cilician Stater with City Fortifications

    CILICIA. Tarsus (?). Ca. late 5th century BC. AR stater (22mm, 10.84 gm, 6h). NGC Choice VF 4/5 - 4/5. Side-view of fortified city walls with three crenelated towers, soldiers (?) on patrol between towers / Forepart of bull kneeling right, ankh to lower right. BMC -. SNG France 2 -. SNG Levante -. Casabonne -. Well-centered with average wear.

    The attribution to Tarsus is based on the style and fabric of the flan, as well as the ankh symbol on the reverse. This symbol was clearly important to the people of Tarsus as the Great King is sometimes depicted carrying it upward by the shaft (cf. SNG France 2, 209); or displayed by itself as on the obol issue cf. SNG France 2, 207; or sometime as a device decorating the fields as on the previous lot in this sale. Another connecting theme is seen on satrapal Tarsus staters of the 4th century BC with lion and bull above crenelated city walls. A very exciting opportunity to acquire an eye-appealing unpublished example, sure to entice spirited bidding by architectural collectors.


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    September, 2018
    6th-11th Thursday-Tuesday
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