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"Here is the god … as usual with unshorn locks; he lifts a radiant forehead above eyes that shine like rays of light."

Philostratus the Younger (3rd century AD), Imagines 14
Pixodarus silver didrachm
£8,800
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"Here is the god … as usual with unshorn locks; he lifts a radiant forehead above eyes that shine like rays of light."

Philostratus the Younger (3rd century AD), Imagines 14
Pixodarus silver didrachm
£8,800
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Pixodarus silver didrachm

Circa 340-334 BC

Issued in Halikarnassos, Asia Minor, under Satrap Pixodarus of Caria, this coin is a remarkable example of three-dimensional numismatic art.

The obverse with a bold three-quarter portrait of Apollo struck in high relief. The prominent brow, strong nose and dimpled chin of the god are beautifully emphasised. The reverse with Zeus Labraundos, the cult icon of the Carian sanctuary of Labraunda. The inscription reads:

ΠIΞOΔAPOY

"Of Pixodarus”.

The Carian satrap is known for the "Pixodarus Affair", during which Alexander the Great angrily intervened to prevent his illegitimate half-brother, the future Philip III, from marrying Pixodarus’s daughter.

Weight: 6.95 g

Diameter: 19 mm

Provenance:

CNG auction 313, 23 October 2013, lot 70.

£8,800

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