Silver Didrachm of Kyrenaica - C.7490 - For Sale

Silver Didrachm of Kyrenaica - C.7490
Price: $8000.00
Obverse: Head of the Apollo Myrtous Facing Right, Crowned with Myrtle Reverse: Flowering Silphium Plant Kyrenaica was on a plateau in present-day Libya, settled by Greeks from the island of Thera about 630 B.C. Its principal city was Kyrene. In the winter of 332/31 B.C., the Kyrenaians entered into an alliance with Alexander the Great, and from that time until it was acquired by Ptolemaic Egypt, the city of Kyrene issued a series of coins with the head of Zeus Ammon on the obverse. Ammon was the chief imperial god of ancient Egypt, who became known to the Greeks through their colonization of Kyrene and identified with their chief god Zeus. His was the most important cult in Kyrene, where a Hellenized version of him was worshipped as Zeus Ammon. In Greek cities he was usually depicted as a Zeus-like figure but with the ram's horns of the Egyptian Ammon added. On the reverse of this coin, the silphium plant is depicted. The city's wealth depended upon the now-extinct silphium plant, grown only in Kyrene, which became the regular device for the city's coins. Its stalk was eaten as a vegetable, and the sap from its stem and root was used as a seasoning, a perfume, and a contraceptive drug. Origin: Minted in Kyrenaica Circa: 300 BC to 277 BC Collection: Numismatics Style: Kyrenaian Medium: Silver

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