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Home > Catalog > Greek Coins > Geographic - All Periods > Anatolia > Pisidia > GS86788
Selge, Pisidia, c. 350 - 300 B.C.
Selge, Pisidia on the southern slope of Mount Taurus where the river Eurymedon (KŲprŁcay) forces its way through the mountains, was once the most powerful and populous city of Pisidia. Protected by precipices, torrents, and an army of 20,000 regarded as worthy kinsmen of the Spartans, Selge was never subject to a foreign power until Rome. In the 5th century A.D., Zosimus calls it a little town, but it was still strong enough to repel a body of Goths. The remains of the city consist mainly of parts of the encircling wall and of the acropolis. A few traces have survived of the gymnasium, the stoa, the stadium and the basilica. There are also the outlines of two temples, but the best-conserved monument is the theater, restored in the 3rd century AD.
GS86788. Silver trihemiobol, BMC Lycia p. 257, 4; SNG BnF 1928 var.; SNGvA 5281 var., Klein 631 var., SNG Tub 4466 var., SNG Cop -, SNG Pfalzer - (all var. astragalos behind), EF, well centered, some die wear, light marks, Selge (southern slope of Mount Taurus, Turkey) mint, weight 0.874g, maximum diameter 10.7mm, die axis 180o, c. 350 - 300 B.C.; obverse facing head of Medusa (gorgoneion), tongue protruding; reverse head of Athena right in crested Attic helmet, astragalos before on left; extremely rare, an apparently unpublished variety and the only specimen known to Forum; SOLD











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