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Superb Pharnabazos Stater

Triton XXII, Lot: 280. Estimate $7500.
Sold for $8000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CILICIA, Tarsos. Pharnabazos. Persian military commander, 380-374/3 BC. AR Stater (23mm, 10.72 g, 10h). Struck circa 380-379 BC. Baal of Tarsos seated left, his torso facing, holding lotus-tipped scepter in extended right hand, left hand holding chlamys at his waist; monogram to left, B’LTRZ (in Aramaic) to right / Bearded head left, wearing crested Attic helmet, drapery around neck; PRNBZW (in Aramaic) to left, KLK (in Aramaic) to right. Casabonne Series 4; Moysey Issue 2, 42b = Mildenberg, Münzwesen 90 = L. Mildenberg, “Notes on the Coin Issues of Mazday” in INJ 11 (1990-1991), 1 (this coin); SNG BN –; SNG Levante –; SNG von Aulock 5930 (same obv. die); Brindley 234. Choice EF, even dark gray tone with deep iridescence around the devices. Very rare with this monogram, Moysey records only two examples, three in CoinArchives.

Ex Waddell 91 (16 December 2004), lot 12; Hess-Leu 31 (6 December 1966), lot 497; Hesperia Art 6 (ND), no. 34.