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Live auction - bgr_462750 - TAURIC CHERSONESE - PANTICAPEUM Unité

TAURIC CHERSONESE - PANTICAPEUM Unité AU
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bgr_462750
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Type : Unité
Date: c. 280-250 AC.
Mint name / Town : Panticapé, Chersonèse Taurique
Metal : copper
Diameter : 16 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 3,95 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan épais et irrégulier, bien centré des deux côtés. Belle tête de Silène au droit. Joli revers finement détaillé. Patine marron
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête barbue de Silène (Satyre) à gauche, les cheveux longs flottant en arrière, la tempe ornée d’un petit animal (dauphin ?), couronnée de feuilles de vigne.

Reverse


Reverse description : Tête et cou de taureau à gauche.
Reverse legend : P/A/N.
Reverse translation : (Panticapée).

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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