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v18_0109 - CARIA - KNIDOS Drachme

MONNAIES 18 (2003)
Starting price : 950.00 €
Estimate : 1 800.00 €
unsold lot
Type : Drachme
Date: c. 465-449 AC.
Mint name / Town : Cnide
Metal : silver
Diameter : 16,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 6,09 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Très beau portrait sur un flan ovale. Très joli droit avec une patine de médaillier. Le flan a été légèrement gratté au droit
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient du stock Feuardent, n° 2319 (650 francs)


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Protomé de lion à droite, la gueule ouverte, la langue pendante.


Reverse description : Tête laurée d’Aphrodite à droite, les cheveux longs ; le tout dans un carré creux.
Reverse legend : KNI.


Mêmes coins que l’exemplaire de la collection Delepierre (n° 2705) et que celui de la collection royale du musée national danois (n° 231).

Historical background


(6th - 5th century BC)

Knidos was a very old city, a great economic, political and cultural centre. In 476 BC it entered the Attico-Delian league and remained there until 412 BC, after the Athenian defeat in Sicily. The coinage of Cnidus seems to resume at the beginning of the 4th century. It was off Cnidus, in 394 BC, that the Athenian Conon, aided by the satrap Pharnabazus, won a great naval victory over Lysander's Spartan fleet. Aphrodite, who was worshiped at Cnidus, is believed to have inspired Conon. Around 350 BC, Praxiteles executed at the request of the Cnidians a statue of Aphrodite which appears on the coinage until the Hellenistic period, more precisely until the battle of Magnesia in 189 BC..

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