Mazaios, Persian Satrap of Tarsos, Cilicia AR Stater, "Walls of Jerusalem", VF, 361 - 328 B.C.E.

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MAZAIOS SATRAP OF CILICIA TARSOS, STATER WITH CITY WALLS

Hendin GBC4 450, SNG Levante 114, Very Fine, obv. struck by worn die, rev. somewhat doubled, 23.8mm, 10.46 grams, Stuck Circa. 361 - 334 B.C.E.

Obverse: Baaltars seated to left, holding eagle-tipped scepter with his right hand, to left, grain ear and grape bunch, Ba'altarz in Aramaic behind

Reverse: Two rows of turreted city walls with lion attacking bull above, Mazaios who is over Eber Nahara (beyond the river) and Cilicia around

A nice specimen, although some light corrosion, is well centered  and WITHOUT test cuts!

This coin was minted by Mazaios who was the Persian Satrap over Cilicia and the western territory of the Persians past the Euphrates. On the coin the legend he uses the Biblical phrase "Ebra Nahara", meaning that he rules on "the other side of the river", which in Biblical terms means Judaea. Thus notes David Hendin in Guide to Biblical Coins, that the wall depicted, as referred to in the legend, would be the walls of early second Temple Jerusalem, as built by Nehemiah less than a century earlier.
 
A FASCINATING coin and much rarer than the typical lion/bull issues of Mazaios.