Maussolos Satrap of Caria, Drachm 377-353 B.C.

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Drachm of Maussolos Satraps of Caria 377-353 B.C.

Maussolos, also known as Mausolus, was a prominent figure in ancient history, known for his role as the Satrap of Caria from 377 to 353 BC. He was the eldest son of Hecatomnus, a native Carian aristocrat who had obtained the satrapy of Caria from the Achaemenid king Artaxerxes II Mnemon around 392/391 BC.

Maussolos succeeded his father upon Hecatomnus’s death in 377 BC, and he may have shared the rule of Caria with his father in the early 370s BC, shortly before Hecatomnus’s death.

As a ruler, Maussolos was a satrap of the Achaemenid Empire but enjoyed the status of king or dynast of the powerful position his father created. His reign in Caria is particularly famous for his tomb, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, and gave rise to the term “mausoleum.”.

Mausolus’ legacy is significant in terms of his political and administrative role and his cultural and architectural contributions, epitomized by his magnificent tomb. His rule is a notable example of blending local Carian and broader Achaemenid influences during this period of ancient history.

Obverse: Head of Apollo

Reverse: Zeus Labrandeus, carrying a double axe and spear.

Diameter: 23 mm

Stamped with the word copy.

Silver-plated, made in the USA.

Packaged in a coin collecting flip with the description of the coin printed on the flip insert


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