Lycian League, AR Hemidrachm, c. 30-27 BC
City/Region:
Lycian League, Masikytos mint,
Denomination:
AR Hemidrachm
Composition:
silver
Date:
circa 30-27 BC
Obverse:
Laureate head of Apollo right, Λ-U on either side of neck
Reverse:
Kithara; filleted branch to lower left; M–A across field,; all within incuse rectangle
Size:
14.52mm, 1.72g, 12h
Grade:
VF, toned
Rarity:
rare, this variant with the filleted branch is rare, only one other specimen found in online auction archives
Provenance:
ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 412 (17 January 2018), Lot 241
References:
Troxell Lycian League, Lycian Period IV, 107; SNG Copenhagen 89; RPC I 3305; cf. (for type) SGCV II 5293

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This coin features a kithara, the ancient Greek stringed musical instrument, similar to the lyre, from which the word guitar originates from.

This coin features a kithara, the ancient Greek stringed musical instrument, similar to the lyre, from which the word guitar originates from. The Lycian league was a democratic federation of cities, minting a uniform set of federal coinage in bronze and silver. Its model is considered to have later inspired the framers of the constitution of the United States of America: it was one of the confederated governments studied by James Madison ('Father of the Constitution') prior to the Constitutional Convention; and is mentioned twice in the Federalist Papers.