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Live auction - bgr_531520 - TAURIC CHERSONESE - PANTICAPEUM Hemisicle

TAURIC CHERSONESE - PANTICAPEUM Hemisicle AU
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bgr_531520
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Type : Hemisicle
Date: c. 370-355 AC.
Mint name / Town : Panticapée
Metal : silver
Diameter : 14 mm
Orientation dies : 9 h.
Weight : 2,04 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan bien centré. Très belle tête de satyre au droit. Le masque de lion est bien venu à la frappe. Belle patine de collection ancienne avec des reflets dorés.
Catalogue references :
HGCS. 7/67 - BMC.8 - GC.1696 (275£) - WSC.551
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la collection B. Odaert

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête imberbe de satyre de face de trois quarts à gauche, les cheveux flottants, coiffé d’une couronne de vigne.

Reverse


Reverse description : Masque de lion de face.
Reverse legend : PAN.

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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