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Stater (Coin) Portraying Mithrapata

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

380-375 BCE

Artist:

Greek; Lycia, Asia Minor

About this artwork

This coin originated in Lycia, an independent country that belonged to the Greek Empire, in a district that is now southwestern Turkey. This coin displays one of the earliest known examples of a human profile on coinage. The image portrays the dynast Mithrapata, whose facial features are strongly depicted, with a flat nose, high cheekbones, a thick neck, a beard, and short curly hair. The profile is set within an incuse square that also contains the Lycian insription “MITHRIPATI.”

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Greek

Title

Stater (Coin) Portraying Mithrapata

Origin

Anatolia

Date

380 BCE–375 BCE

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Reverse: MITHRIPATI

Dimensions

Diam. 2.7 cm; 9.84 g

Credit Line

Katherine K. Adler Memorial Fund

Reference Number

2008.423

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