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bgr_432044 - CRETE - GORTYNA Statère

CRETE - GORTYNA Statère VF
800.00 €(Approx. 896.00$ | 696.00£)
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Type : Statère
Date: c. 360-322
Mint name / Town : Gortyne, Crète
Metal : silver
Diameter : 26 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 10,55 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan irrégulier, piqué et corrodé présentant des traces de surfrappe

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Europe à demi nue assise sur un arbre, la main droite appuyée sur une branche, le bras soutenant sa tête.

Reverse


Reverse description : Taureau debout à droite, détournant la tête à gauche.
Reverse legend : [GORTUNIWN].
Reverse translation : (de Gortyne).

Commentary


Traces de surfrappe.

Historical background


CRETE - Gortyn

(Fourth century BC)

Gortyn, the second city of Crete, is the center of the fertile plain of Mesara. His coinage began around 450 BC It refers to the abduction of Europa by Zeus transformed into a bull case to escape the jealousy of Hera and conquer the nymph whom he had, among other Minos. After a successful period of economic growth in the fourth and third centuries, the island of Crete fell under the influence of Ptolemy. Economic challenge for two centuries in the Eastern Mediterranean, a victim of piracy, after a long period of political decay, Gortyn was taken by the Romans during the invasion of Crete in 67-66 BC.

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