Aeolian Silver Tetradrachm of Kyme - C.0399 - For Sale

Aeolian Silver Tetradrachm of Kyme - C.0399
Price: $1600.00
Obverse: Bust of Amazon Kyme Facing Right, Hair Bound in Ribbon Reverse: Horse Prancing to the Right, One Handled Amphora at Feet, Inscription, “KYMAION” to Right and “MHTROFANHS” Below, All Encircled in a Wreath According to the writer Strabo, Kyme was the largest and noblest of the cities in Aeolis, a region of Asia Minor. The legendary founder of the city was the Amazon Kyme, whose portrait begins to appear on their coinage after about 250 B.C. The people of Kyme were almost exclusively agricultural and the horse may symbolize their rural nature or perhaps was related to the god Poseidon. The amphora might relate to the cult of Apollo. The horse and amphora in combination may also be symbolic of the games. The inscription, “MHTROFANHS,” on the reverse refers to the name of the magistrate Metrophanes, under whose authority this coin was issued. The other Greek inscription, “KYMAION,” means “of” or “belonging to the people of Kyme.” Kyme was under the domination, successively of Persia, the Seleucids, the Attalids, and finally Rome. Ultimately, the city was devastated by an earthquake in A.D. 17. Origin: Minted in Kyme Circa: 165 BC Collection: Numismatics Style: Aeolian Medium: Silver

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