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Kyrene, Cyrenaica (KOINON Period)


[B]Kyrene, Cyrenaica (KOINON Period; c. 250 BC.) AE 23[/B] [u]Obv[/u]: Heavily bearded head of Zeus Ammon with prominent brow, facing right. [u]Rev[/u]: Silphium plant (BMC Type III), K-[O]-I-N-[O-N] spread in field on either side of plant. [u]Attribution[/u]: SNG Cop. 1280; Müller, Africa 104 [u]Provenance[/u]: ex. Ebay (#8357772987), 12.3.05 [u]Weight[/u]: 9.89 gm. [u]Maximal Diameter[/u]: 22.49 mm [u]Axis[/u]: 12 [u]Note[/u]: The KOINON was the federal reorganization of Cyrenaica under Ecdemus and Demophanes the Megalopolitian philosophers in c.250 BC. This federation was short-lived and ended sometime in 240s BC., when Ptolemy III (Euergetes I) married Berenice and reunited Kyrene to Egyptian rule. GK207

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North Africa - Cyrenaica

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