Ancient Coinage of Cyprus, Lapethos


Lapethos - modern day Lapta - on the NW coast of Cyprus (near Kyrenia), is said to have been founded by the Laconian king, Praxandros. Two cemeteries dated to the 11th century BC exist in the region. The Lapethos mint was one of the first in Cyprus, evidenced by a coin dated to 515-500 BC (Persepolis hoard). It is a beautiful holiday resort with a large number of ancient remains.

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BMC 3Lapethos, Cyprus. AR stater or siglos. Uncertain king, 500-480 BC. 23 mm, 10.79 g. Head of Aphrodite right. / Head of Athena right, wearing Corinthian helmet, within incuse square. BMC 3; Traité II 1358; Kraay 1092; Asyut hoard 778; Tziambazis 47.TextImage
BMC 7-9Lapethos, Cyprus. AR stater. Sidqmelek. 450-425 BC. 22 mm, 11.08 g. "King of Lapethos" (in Phoenician), behind head of Athena left, wearing crested Corinthian helmet. / 'Sidqmelek' (in Phoenician), head of Athena facing, wearing open-faced helmet, with crest split into two halves, and necklace; oval elements in upper corners, all within dotted square within incuse square. Six Cyprus 16-17; BMC 7-9; Traité II 1363; Tziambazis 48.TextImage
BMC 7-9 varLapethos, Cyprus. AR stater. Uninscribed issue of Sidqmelek. 450-425 BC. Head of Athena left, wearing crested Corinthian helmet. / Head of Athena facing, wearing open-faced helmet with transverse crest, and necklace; oval elements in upper corners, all within dotted square within incuse square. Unpublished, but several examples known. Six Cyprus 16-17 var (with legends and different style of Athena on the reverse); BMC 7-9 (ditto); Tziambazis 48 (ditto).TextImage
Boston MFA Supp. 253Lapethos, Cyprus. AR stater or siglos. Uncertain king, ca 425 BC. 22 mm, 11.19 g. Helmeted head of Athena left, wearing crested Corinthian helmet. / Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress, within incuse square. Boston MFA Supp. 253; Celenderis 8a; Bank of Cyprus 1985-02-02; Kraay (1976), 1094.TextImage
Kraay 1095Lapethos, Cyprus. Demonikos II, King of Lapethos. AR siglos. 388–387 BC. 10.91 g. Athena standing left, holding spear, shield on left arm, O (Aramaic ayin) in left field. / "Dmnks Mlk Lpsh" in Aramaic ("Demonikos King of Lapethos"), Herakles walking right, lionskin on head and down his back, holding club and bow. Ankh in left field. Kraay ACGC 1095; SNG Cop 23; Traité II 1221 ("Kition"); Tziambazis 32 (ditto); Six Cyprus 38 (ditto); Mionnet Supp. VII, 574 (ditto).TextImage
Larnaca Hoard 528Lapethos, Cyprus. AR stater or double siglos. Late 6th-early 5th century BC. 10.82 g. Wounded giant kneeling-running left. / Herakles kneeling-running right, lionskin on head and down his back, holding club, bow, and arrows, in a dotted border within an incuse square. Larnaca Hoard 528-529; Kagan, Archaic 7D.TextImage
Robinson 45Lapethos, Cyprus. AR 1/12 stater or 1/12 siglos. Demonikos II, 388-387 BC. 11 mm, 0.9 g. Athena standing right, holding spear over left shoulder. / Herakles standing right, holding bow, club and lionskin. Robinson 45-47 in NC 1948; Bank of Cyprus 2005-09-01 (this coin); Kraay 309 ("Kition").TextImage
Traite II 1364Cyprus, Lapethos, AE15 of King Praxippos, ca. 330-312 BC. 2.80g. ΠΡ downwards behind head of Apollo left. / BA downwards to right of krater. Traité II 1364; Tziambazis 49; BMC p. lvi and pl. XX, 2; Sear 5749.TextImage