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Cyprus, Early 5th Century B.C.
The obverse die was used to strike three different issues, with different reverses. This type is from the third issue, when the ankh was engraved over the ram, and the obverse die was heavily worn. The published type has no reverse symbol. This variant with an ankh left on the reverse is apparently unpublished; we know of two other examples, one received by Forum together with this coin, the other Leu Numismatik, web auction 6 (9 Dec 2018), lot 355 (the Ankh not described). Two additional unpublished varieties known from auctions both have an anchor on the reverse left and, one with only an ankh reverse right, and another with samekh over an ankh on the reverse right.
GS87794. Silver stater
, Apparently unpublished variant; cf. Zapiti-Michaelidou
, 2; Asyut
pl. XXXII, N; Troxell-Waggoner
p. 35, 8-9; Tziambazis
-; BMC -, aVF/VF, struck with the worn obverse
die (as are all coins from this issue), slightly off center, light bumps and marks, uncertain Cypriot mint, weight
10.662g, maximum diameter
18.6mm, die axis
, early 5th century B.C.; obverse
ram walking left, ankh
symbol is superimposed on and above the ram's side
and back; reverse
laurel branch with two leaves and three fruits; ankh
symbol on left; all in dotted square within incuse
square; extremely rare
Catalog current as of Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
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