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    Extremely Rare Evagoras Didrachm

    CYPRUS. Salamis. Evagoras I (ca. 411-374/3 BC). AR stater-didrachm or didrachm (20mm, 6.48 gm, 6h). NGC XF 4/5 - 4/5. Lion reclining right, mouth open, left forepaw raised, on ground line above dotted line; eagle flying right above, E in exergue / Forepart of lion right with open mouth. Amandry, Monnayage 127. Traité pl. CXXXII, 20. BMC Cyprus 8. SNG Copenhagen -. Rare - only one example in sales archives.

    Evagoras was born into the ruling family of Salamis, but was sent as a youth into exile as a hostage to the ruling Phoenicians, who controlled the island for the Persian Empire. In about 410 BC he gained the support of about 50 fighting men in Cilicia and sailed back to Cyprus, where he seized control and ejected the Phoenicians. Expecting retaliation, he made common cause with the Greeks, particularly the Athenians, who provided him naval and financial support. Despite the defeat of Athens in the Peloponnesian War, Evagoras managed to extend his control over most of Cyprus and even seized several cities on the Phoenician coast. The Athenians double-crossed him in 387 BC with the Peace of Antialcidas, by which they acknowledged Persian rule over Phoenicia and Cyprus, but Evagoras fought doggedly against the Persians for another decade before finally agreeing to become their vassal king of Salamis in 376 BC. He was assassinated in 374 BC and succeeded by his son, Nicocles.


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