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    Princely Pericles Stater

    LYCIAN DYNASTS. Pericles (ca. 380-360 BC). AR stater (23mm, 9.88 gm, 12h). NGC Choice XF 4/5 - 5/5. Antipellus (?), ca. 380-375 BC. Laureate head of Pericles facing slightly left, drapery around neck / Hoplite, nude but for Corinthian helmet, in fighting stance to right, brandishing sword in right hand, shield on left arm; PERI-KLE (in Lycian) around, triskeles to right, all within shallow incuse square. Mildenberg, Mithrapata 25 (A15/R20). SNG von Aulock 4251 (same dies). With a majestic facing bust! Attractive old cabinet tone, minor areas of weakness, otherwise good very fine.

    Ex CNG 99 (13 May 2015), lot 303 (realized $9,000 hammer).

    True coin portraiture depicting living persons, as opposed to deities, is commonly thought to have started in the Hellenistic era, after the taboo-shattering conquests of Alexander the Great. However, the Lycian dynasts of southern Asia Minor were the true pioneers, introducing true portraits of their ruling dynasts, or satraps, is early as the last quarter of the fifth century BC. The later Lycian dynasts in particular produced highly evolved and innovative portraits, including this remarkable three-quarters left facing head of Pericles, showing him thickly bearded with a mass of long, wavy hair. This depiction may have been influenced by the Syracusan master Kimon's facing head of Arethusa, which had a similar treatment of hair; however, the image here is fiercely masculine in contrast with Kimon's lilting femininity. The reverse image of a Greek hoplite is also rendered in high Classical style.


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