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    Rare Cyprus Stater of Evagoras

    CYPRUS. Salamis. Evagoras I (ca. 411-374 BC). AR stater or didrachm (22mm, 11.08 gm, 6h). Bearded head of Heracles right, wearing lion-skin headdress; Evagoro (in Cypriot) to right / Ram recumbent right; barley grain above; A, basileus, and EY (in Cypriot) around. BMC 55 var. (rev. legend). SNG Copenhagen 47. Tziambazis 113. Rare, with a particularly sharp reverse. Incorrectly identified as "Amathus" on the NGC holder. Obverse die a little worn, otherwise an exceptional example. NGC XF 3/5 - 3/5.

    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 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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