AMASTRIS SILVER STATER – EARLY ISSUE WITH NAME AND POSSIBLE PORTRAIT OF THE QUEEN – CHOICE VF NGC GRADED GREEK PAPHLAGONIA COIN (Inv. 12920)
PAPHLAGONIA. AMASTRIS. Queen Amastris, ca. 300-285 BC.
Silver stater, 9.73 g., 21 mm.
Obv. Head of Amastris (or possibly Mithras) right, with Phrygian cap crowned with a laurel wreath, bow in bow case in left field.
Rev. [B]AΣIΛIΣΣHΣ AMAΣTPIOΣ, Aphrodite enthroned left, holding Eros who faces her and crowns a head of Helios in field.
HGC 7, 352 (R2); De Callataÿ, SNR 83, 10 (D3/R10); SNG von Aulock 6798.
Ex Gorny & Mosch 195, 3/7/2011, lot 194.
NGC graded CHOICE VF, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5. A niece of the last Persian king, Amastris had several Macedonian husbands and founded a city with her mane in Paphlagonia. The first issues bear her name and title of “Queen”, and may well show her portrait on the obverse.