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E-auction 567-508374 - bgr_870694 - TAURIC CHERSONESE - PANTICAPEUM Unité

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Estimate : 480 €
Price : 260 €
Maximum bid : 303 €
End of the sale : 26 February 2024 14:06:00
bidders : 14 bidders
Type : Unité
Date: c. 310 -304/303 AC.
Mint name / Town : Panticapée, Chersonèse Taurique
Metal : copper
Diameter : 20,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 7,62 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Très bel exemplaire sur un flan idéalement centré des deux côtés. Portrait finement détaillé. Patine marron
Catalogue references :


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


Reverse description : Protomé de griffon à gauche ; au-dessous, un esturgeon à gauche.
Reverse legend : P/A/N.

Historical background


(4th-1st century BC)

Founded in the 6th century BC, Panticapée (Kertch) was a colony of Miletus, located west of the Cimmerian Bosphorus. The head of the satyr Pan adorns the rights and constitutes a play on words with the name of the city according to the legend. In fact, it is Silene. Before being called Panticapée, the city would have borne the name of Apollonia. The coinage sometimes presents homotypes with the coinage of Apollonia Pontica. The region of Panticapée was famous for its immense reserves of gold immortalized by Herodotus (III, 116).

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