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Coin ID #13772

Teuthrania (BC 400) Drachm - Prokles

ca 400-399 BC. AR Drachm (3.25g, 13mm, 5h). Prokles, Satrap of Teuthrania and Halisarna. Head of Apollo left / Head of Prokles right, wearing Persian headdress; tamgha (of Prokles?) below chin. VF, toned, porous. Extremely rare, the third known.

According to Xenophon (Hell. 3.1.6), the cities of Teuthrania and Halisarna were ruled by the brothers Eurysthenes and Prokles as a hereditary territory that had been awarded to their ancestor, the exiled king of Sparta, Demaratos the Lakedaimon, by Xerxes for accompanying the Great King on his Greek expedition (see Hdt. Book 7 for the relationship between the two). The hereditary rule of Teuthrania and Halisarna by the direct descendants of Demaratos, among whom were Eurystenes and Prokles – namesakes of the twin ancestral establishers of the Spartan royal line, suggests that these rulers were not satraps, but local dynasts (for a bibliography of the discussion on the differentiation between satraps and dynasts, see O. Mørkholm, “Pergamene Coins in Copenhagen,” in Studies Mildenberg, p. 182, note 2). Thus, this is one of the earliest depictions of a Greek ruler on a coin.

File information
City/Mint name:Teuthrania
Keywords:silver / classical / satrap
References:Winzer 8.2 = Leu 77, lot 278; CNG 102, lot 391; otherwise unpublished.
Valuation:CNG Auc. 105 (5/2017), lot 213 ($1,400 + comm)
Photo courtesy of:Classical Numismatic Group -
Filesize:123 KiB
Date added:May 18, 2017
Dimensions:800 x 398 pixels
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