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E-auction 347-261040 - TAURIC CHERSONESE - PANTICAPEUM Demi-unité

TAURIC CHERSONESE - PANTICAPEUM Demi-unité AU/XF
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Estimate : 195 €
Price : 84 €
Maximum bid : 105 €
End of the sale : 09 December 2019 14:00:00
bidders : 5 bidders
Type : Demi-unité
Date: c. 300-200 AC
Mint name / Town : Panticapée
Metal : copper
Diameter : 17 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 5,11 g.
Coments on the condition:
Bel exemplaire, bien centré. Frappe un peu plus molle au revers. Très belle tête de Satyre. Patine foncée
Catalogue references :
Laffaille - BMC. - TAF.4 - WSC.557 - SNG. Bar327

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête barbue de Pan à gauche, les cheveux flottants au vent.

Reverse


Reverse description : Tête de taureau à gauche ; un esturgeon au-dessous.
Reverse legend : P/A/N.

Commentary


Le satyre Silène était le compagnon de beuverie de Dionysos (Bacchus).

Historical background


Chersonesus Taurica - Panticapaeum

(Fourth-first century BC)

Founded in the sixth century BC, Panticapaeum (Kerch) was a colony of Miletus, located west of the Cimmerian Bosporus. The head of the satyr Pan adorns rights and is a pun on the name of the city according to the legend In fact, it is Silene. Before calling Panticapaeum, the city would have brought the name Apollonia. Mint sometimes presents homotypies with mint Apollonia Pontica. Region Panticapaeum was famous for its huge gold reserves immortalized by Herodotus (III, 116).

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