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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Anatolia| > |Paphlagonia| > GB91357
Amastris, Paphlagonia, c. Mid 3rd Century B.C.
Amastris was a Persian princess, a niece of the Persian King Darius III. Her second husband was Dionysius, tyrant of Heraclea Pontica, in Bithynia. She bore him two sons, Clearchus II and Oxyathres. After the death of Dionysius, in 306 B.C., she became guardian of their children and ruler of Heraclea. Amastris married Lysimachus in 302 B.C.; however, Lysimachus soon abandoned her and married Arsinoe II. She founded the city Amastris, on the sea-coast of Paphlagonia, shortly after 300 B.C. by conquering and combining four smaller towns: Sesamus, Cromna, Cytorus and Tium. Tium later regained its autonomy, but the other three remained part of the city of Amastris' territory. She was drowned by her two sons about 284 B.C.
GB91357. Bronze AE 20, SNGvA 154; SNG BM 1309; Rec Gén 174, 12; HGC 7 359 (R2); BMC Pontus -; SNG Cop -, SNG Stancomb -, F, grain, light earthen deposits, Amastris (Amasra, Turkey) mint, weight 3.766g, maximum diameter 19.5mm, die axis 0o, c. mid 3rd century B.C.; obverse head of Athena right, wearing Attic helmet ornamented with a star; reverse thunderbolt, monogram above, AMAΣTPIEΩN; $50.00










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