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Cilician Silver Stater of Kelendris - C.2061
Origin: City of Kelenderis
Circa: 450 BC to 400 BC

Collection: Numismatics
Medium: Silver

Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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Obverse: A Nude Horseman Riding Sidesaddle on Horse Rearing to the Right

Reverse: Goat Kneeling to the Right, Reverse Legend "KELEN" Above

Cilicia is an ancient region of southeastern Asia Minor (modern Turkey), along the Mediterranean north of Cyprus. It included a high and barren plateau, Cilicia Trachia, an inhospitable region that served as shelter for pirates, and a richly fertile plain, Cilicia Pedias, that served as a strategic passageway throughout history. The area was under the domination of the Assyrian Empire before it became part of the Persian Empire. The Greeks settled on the coast early on, and Cilicia was Hellenized to a great extent. The ancient port of Kelenderis was one of the best harbors on the southern Anatolian coast. Definitive information is lacking about the founders of the city and the date of its original establishment. Writer Apollodoros claimed that Kelenderis was first built by Sandon, a Hittite god. Excavations carried out since 1986 have revealed findings that go back as far as the 8th millenium B.C. Kelenderis enjoyed its first golden age during the 4th and 5th millennia B.C. as the easternmost member of the Attic-Delian Maritime Union, established under the leadership of Athenians to fight the Persians. Later, the city would join a political coalition with the Ptolemaic Dynasty of Egypt and was eventually absorbed into the Roman Empire where it flourished again.

How many hands have touched a coin in your pocket or your purse? What eras and lands have the coin traversed on its journey into our possession? As we reach into our pockets to pull out some change, we rarely hesitate to think of who touched the coin before us, or where the coin will venture to after us. More than money, coins are a symbol of the state that struck them, of a specific time and place, whether contemporary currencies or artifacts of long forgotten empires. This stunning hand-struck coin reveals an expertise of craftsmanship and intricate sculptural detail that is often lacking in contemporary machine-made currencies. This coin is a memorial an ancient city passed from the hands of civilization to civilization, from generation to generation that still appears as vibrant today as the day it was struck.
- (C.2061)


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