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Kyrene, Cyrenaica (Kydios, magistrate)


[B]Kyrene, Cyrenaica (Kydios magistrate/moneyer; 331-322 BC.) AR Drachm[/B] [u]Obv[/u]: Laureate (?) head of Apollo Karneios with hair in free curls, facing left; dotted circular border. [u]Rev[/u]: Silphium plant (BMC Type IIIa); K - Y to left and right of plant; trace of circular incuse. [u]Attribution[/u]: SNG Cop 1207; BMC Cyrenaica 165e (Pl.XVI, 5c) [u]Provenance[/u]: ex. CNG 78 (#1004), 5.14.08 [u]Weight[/u]: 2.88 gm [u]Maximal Diameter[/u]: 15.46 mm [u]Axis[/u]: 5 [u]Note[/u]: Rare drachm type. Of the KY on the reverse, Robinson writes, "The letters KY on nos. 147-49 (Pl. XV. 16-19) may be the ethnic, but as all the other 1/10 staters (litra) bear personal names, and very few an ethnic addition, it is more natural to regard them as the initials of a name. GK286

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North Africa - Cyrenaica

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