CYPRUS. Salamis. Nikodamos, circa 460-450 BC. Stater (Silver, 24 mm, 11.27 g, 12 h). 𐠛𐠍𐠭𐠗 - 𐠩𐠵𐠐𐠪𐠞 (= 'pa-si-le-wo-se //Ni-ko-da-mo', 'king Nikodamos', in retrograde Cypriote syllabary, starting on the top right, continuing to the middle left, then starting on the bottom right) Ram recumbent to left. Rev. 𐠛𐠖𐠏𐠩 (= 'se-la-mi-ni', in retrograde Cypriote syllabary, counter-clockwise from the bottom left) Ankh; with the circle, Cypriote syllabary letter 𐠛 (= ni, initial of Nikodamos). Apparently unpublished and unique. Cf. NAC 106, 2018, 310 = Gorny 69, 1994, 424, for a stater of Nikodamos struck from the same obverse die. A remarkably fresh, well-struck and well-preserved example. Obverse struck slightly off-center and with some striking flatness, otherwise, extremely fine.
From a Swiss collection and that of a Bavarian, Nomos 18, 5 May 2019, 217, acquired at some point beginning in the 1960s and ending in the 1990s.
The obverse legend gives us the king's name, while on the reverse we have the king's initial, ni both within the ankh and at the start of the mint name, se-la-mi-ni = Salamis.
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