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ID:     74000263
Type:     Greek
City:     Amastris
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Didrachm
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Circa 285-250
Weight:     9.54 g
Die Axis:     12 h
Obverse Description:     Head of Amastris right, wearing Persian headdress with wreath and star
Reverse Legend:     ΑΜΑΣΤΡΙΕΩΝ
Reverse Description:     Aphrodite seated left, wearing polos, cradling scepter in left arm, and holding in right hand Nike, who crowns her with wreath; rose bud to left
Primary Reference:     Callataÿ, Premier 25 (D13/R5 - this coin listed as specimen a)
Reference2:     RG 5
Reference3:     SNG BM Black Sea 1302
Reference4:     SNG Stancomb 731; SNG Cop 244; SNG VA 152; Dewing 2123 (same obv. die)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Near EF, toned
Notes:     Sale: Triton X, Lot: 263 Exceptional for issue. From the Sunrise Collection. Ex Robert Schonwalter Collection (Triton V, 15 January 2002), lot 1400; Coin Galleries (18 August 1978), lot 282; Coin Galleries (20 April 1961), lot 132; Ars Classica 14 (2 July 1929), lot 298.Amastris, a niece of Darios III of Persia, became a pawn in the complex dynastic quarrels that followed the death of Alexander. She had been given as wife to Alexander's general Krateros, but was dismissed when Krateros arranged a marriage for himself with the daughter of Antipater. Amastris then married Dionysos, tyrant of Herakleia, by whom she had three children before his death in 306 BC. In 302 BC she married Lysimachos of Thrace, who soon acquired a more profitable alliance by wedding ArsinoË, the daughter of Ptolemy I Soter of Egypt. Amastris then retired to the territory of Herakleia, where she founded a new city named after herself. She was not destined to find peace, however; in 288 BC her two covetous sons had her drowned and seized her city for themselves.