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bgr_870685 - TAURIC CHERSONESE - PANTICAPEUM Unité

TAURIC CHERSONESE - PANTICAPEUM Unité AU/MS
480.00 €(Approx. 518.40$ | 412.80£)
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Type : Unité
Date: c. 310 - 304/303AC.
Mint name / Town : Panticapée, Chersonèse Taurique
Metal : copper
Diameter : 19 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 5,69 g.
Coments on the condition:
Superbe exemplaire sur un flan idéalement centré des deux côtés. Magnifique revers, bien venu à la frappe et finement détaillé. Patine foncée
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Obverse


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

Reverse


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

Historical background


TAURIC CHERSONESE - PANTICAPEUM

(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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