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ID:     808442
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Greek
Region:     SATRAPS OF ASIA MINOR
City:     Caria
Issuer:     Moussolos
Date Ruled:     Circa 377/6-353/2 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Tetradrachm
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Circa 377/6-353/2
Diameter:     23 mm
Weight:     15.24 g
Die Axis:     12 h
Obverse Description:     Laureate head of Apollo facing slightly right
Reverse Legend:     MAYΣΣΩΛΛO
Reverse Description:     Zeus Labraundos standing right, holding scepter with left hand
Mint:     Caria
Primary Reference:     SNG Kayhan 872
Reference2:     TraitÉ II 91
Reference3:     SNG Cop 590
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=119144
Grade:     Near EF
Notes:     Maussollos, the son of Hekatomnos, succeeded his father as satrap and semi-independent king of Caria in 377 BC in conjunction with his sister-wife, Artemisia. During 366-360 BC, he joined the Great Satraps’ Revolt against Artaxerxes II, but soon re-allied himself with Persia. Having moved his capital from Mylasa to Halikarnassos early in his reign, Maussollos turned his eye to the Aegean and began fomenting discord between Athens and her allies. He expanded his sphere of influence to include northern Crete, Ionia, Pamphylia and Pisidia; he annexed Rhodes, Chios, and Kos. An important figure in the diffusion of Hellenism, in 367 BC he began the creation of his tomb, a 100 x120 ft. structure decorated by some of the greatest sculptors of the time; it was henceforth colloquially known as the Mausoleum and was renowned as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.