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Lapethos, Cyprus, King Sidqmelek, c. 449 - 420 B.C.
Excavation finds date Lapithos to as early as 3000 B.C. In the 4th century B.C., Lapithos was one of the nine kingdoms of Cyprus. During the Persian rule, Lapithos was settled by Phoenicians. After Peisistratos, king of Lapithos, along with Nicocreon of Salamis, and Stasanor of Curion helped Alexander the Great capture Tyre, Alexander declared Cyprus free. The last king of Lapethos, Praxippos, was subdued by Ptolemy I in 312 B.C. Under Roman rule, Lapethos had more than 10,000 inhabitants, produced copper, earthenware and produce, and was a port and a shipyard. Lapethos was given the name Lambousa ("shining") perhaps because of its beauty or perhaps because of its lighthouse. The apostles Paul, Barnabas, and Mark passed by Lapethos coming from Tarsus. According to Barnabas, during his second tour with Mark, they stayed outside the walls because they were denied access to the city. In late antiquity, Lapethos enjoyed great prosperity but was heavily damaged by Arab incursions. The population often had to flee and take refuge in the interior. After the Byzantine recovery of Cyprus from the Arabs in 965, Lapithos's refugees returned to rebuild, but chose to stay away from the sea, relocating it at the foot of mountain Pentadactylos.
GS87792. Silver stater
, BMC Cyprus
p. 30 f., 7-9, pl. VI, 6-8; Traitť
II p. 823, 1361-1363 and pl. CXXXVI; Bank of Cyprus
p. 94 & pl. VII, 2; Tziambazis
48, F, struck with worn damaged dies, Lapethos (Lambousa, Cyprus
) mint, weight
10.789g, maximum diameter
21.5mm, die axis
, c. 449 - 420 B.C.; obverse
of Lapethos, head
left, wearing a crested Corinthian helmet; reverse
: of Sidqmelek, head
facing, wearing a double-crested helmet with bullís horn and ears, all within an incuse
square; very rare
$650.00 SALE PRICE $585.00
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