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Live auction - bgr_532486 - TAURIC CHERSONESE - PANTICAPEUM Unité

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Type : Unité
Date: c. 310 - 304/303AC.
Mint name / Town : Panticapée, Chersonèse Taurique
Metal : copper
Diameter : 20 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 6,84 g.
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan bien centré des deux côtés bien venu à la frappe. Magnifique tête de Silène au droit. Revers de haut relief bien venu à la frappe. Patine marron foncé
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête imberbe de Silène (Satyre) à gauche, couronnée de feuilles de vigne.


Reverse description : Tête de lion à gauche, la gueule ouverte ; au-dessous, un esturgeon.
Reverse legend : P/A/N.
Reverse translation : (Panticapée.


Sur cet exemplaire, l’esturgeon est bien visible sous la tête du lion.

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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