4th Century BC AR Stater

LYCIA. Phaselis. Ca. 4th century BC. AR stater (23mm, 10.32 gm, 6h). NGC Choice AU 4/5 - 4/5, die shift. Ram prow of war galley right, fighting platform decorated with wreath on foredeck, bunch of grapes to right / ΦAΣH, galley stern left; tripod on deck. Heipp-Tamer Series 6, unlisted variety. Extremely Rare and unrecorded before. 

Lycia was a geopolitical region in Anatolia on what is now the southern coast of Turkey. Known to history since the records of ancient Egypt and the Hittite Empire in the Late Bronze Age, it was populated by speakers of the Luwian language group. Written records began to be inscribed in stone in the Lycian language after Lycia's involuntary incorporation into the Achaemenid Empire in the Iron Age. At that time (546 BC) the Luwian speakers were decimated, and Lycia received an influx of Persian speakers.

 


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