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ID:     804306
Type:     Greek
Issuer:     Kuprilli
Date Ruled:     Circa 470/60-440/35 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Tetrobol
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Circa 470/60-440/35
Diameter:     19 mm
Weight:     3.05 g
Die Axis:     10 h
Obverse Description:     Winged goat left; triskeles to left
Reverse Legend:     KO-ΠP-ΛΛE
Reverse Description:     Triskeles in pelleted square boarder within incuse square
Primary Reference:     Gorny & Mosch 138 (7 March 2005), lot 1438
Reference2:     Peus 380 (3 November 2004), lot 44 = Leu 54 (28 April 1992), lot 152
Reference3:     otherwise unpublished
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     EF, lustrous
Notes:     Extremely rare, the third known. Many of these Lycian dynastic issues bear the triskeles, a distinctive mark that was also present on the coinage of the later Lycian League. The League operated under a federal assembly that was composed of representatives elected by its 23 member cities, and had the authority to levy taxes, pass laws, and govern the land. The political stability of this organization provided a union that robust enough to withstand and survive occupations by various invaders, including the Romans. This proportional representative government was studied by writers of the constitution of the United States, as a possible model for their own government.