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The usual standard is the Aeginetic, the chief denominations being the stater or didrachm and drachm. After the age of Alexander the Attic standard gradually replaces the Aeginetic. It is probable that Alexandrine coins circulated in Crete, though only a few of the mint-symbols have been satisfactorily made out. About B.C. 200 many of the cities (see under Cnossus) struck imitations of the Athenian tetradrachm with their own names and symbols.
The Cretan cities furnish many remarkable examples of fine coin engraving, notably Cnossus, Cydonia, Gortyna, Phaestus, and Sybrita, and two engravers, Neuantos and Pythodoros, record their signatures on the money of Cydonia, Aptera, and Polyrhenium. R. S. Poole (N. C., 1864, p. 240; cf. Gardner, Types, p. 161) has called attention to the frequent portrayal of animal and vegetable subjects in Cretan coin-art and its fondness for perspective and for shortening. Everywhere, however, side by side with these fine coins, there exist unskilful copies and even the most barbarous reproductionsósee, for example, the various copies of the fine Gortynian didrachm representing Europa in the tree (B. M. C., Crete, Pl. IX. 5-10). Any large collection of Cretan coins has therefore a somewhat bizarre appearance, and the crudities of style and fabric are emphasized by the common practice of the Cretan mint-masters of employing the coins of other placesóCyrene, Argos, Euboea, etc.óas flans on which to restrike their own designs. Such restriking, however, often offers to the numismatist a useful clue to the chronological arrangement of the coins.
The types are of great interest, especially when they embody such distinctively Cretan myths and persons as those of Minos, the Minotaur, and the Labyrinth at Cnossus; Europa at Gortyna; Herakles, Velchanos, and Talos at Phaestus; and the local heroes of Aptera and Cydonia. The principal gods represented are Zeus (cf. N. C., 1893, p. 237) and Artemis, the latter often in the local forms of Diktynna and Britomartis. Apollo, too, is of frequent occurrence, sometimes apparently in the character of a hunterís god, the patron of those who pursued the wild goat of the island. Demeter, Hermes, Dionysos, etc., are also found.
|Young male head (rude style).|| and palm-branch. |
∆ .9, &c.
|Horn of goat; in field, palm-branch.|| Ω; in field, palm-branch (Hunter
Cat., II., p. 168). |
|No type.||Ω i.e. ΑΝΩπολιτων. No type. |
Apollonia, near Cnossus (?) (Svoronos, p. 7; Eph. Arch., 1889, p. 195).
|Head of Apollo.||ΑΠΟΑ Stern of vessel with aplustre
[B. M.]. |
|Id.||[Α]Π Aplustre and palm-branch. |
Aptera, on the north coast, near Cydonia.
|ΑΠΤΑΡΑΙΩΝ (or ΑΠΤΕΡΑΙΩΝ) Head of the Artemis of Aptera with ornamented stephane; on some specimens, artistís name ΠΥΘΟΔΩΡΟΥ.||ΠΟΛΙΟΙΚΟΣ (sometimes ΠΤΟΛΙΟΙΤΟΣ) Armed warrior standing with r. hand raised to salute a sacred tree|
|Id.||ΑΠΤΑΡΑ Bow. |
AR Ĺ Dr.
The hero called Πτολιοικος is perhaps the oekist (πολεως οικιστης) Apteros or Pteras (Paus. x. 5. 9 and 10; B. M. C., p. xxx). The artist, Pythodoros, also signs coins of Polyrhenium.
|Head of Apollo.||ΑΠΤΑΡΑΙΩΝ Warrior standing facing [Svor., p. 20, No. 39]|
|Head of the Artemis of Aptera.||ΑΠΤΑΡΑΙΩΝ Warrior advancing.
AR Ĺ Dr.
|Id.|| Ą Apollo seated; lyre behind. |
AR Ĺ Dr.
|Head of Zeus.|| Ą Hermes standing
AR Ĺ Dr.
The bronze coins have on obv. Head of Artemis; rev., Torch; Three torches crossed; Torch and arrow-head; Bee; Lyre; Dove; Bearded term; (i. e. Aptera); Warrior standing facing (with obv. Head of Apollo), &c.
|Head of Zeus Ammon.||ΑΡΚΑΔΩΝ Athena standing, armed.|
|Id.|| within wreath. |
|Head of Zeus.||ΑΡΚΑΔΩΝ Athena standing, armed;
laurel-wreath [Bodleian Libr., Eph.
Arch., 1889, Pl. II. 9].
AR Tetradr. 231 grs.
ArsinoŽ, apparently near Lyttus (see Svoronos, p. 29, on Steph. Byz.).
|Head of Athena.||ΑΡΣΙ Two dolphins. |
Axus, to the north of Mount Ida and south-east of Eleutherna.
|Head of Apollo (usually of rude style).||AΚΣIΟN (i.e. ΑΞΙΩΝ with digamma) Tripod [Svor., p. 36 f.], also with ΟΑΚΜIΟΝ [Ephem. Arch., 1898, p. 265] and without inscr.|
|Head of Apollo.||FΑΞΩΝ Tripod.|
|Head of Zeus.||CΑΞΙΩΝ Tripod. |
∆ .75 and smaller.
|Head of Artemis.||CΑΞΙΩΝ Fulmen. |
|Head of Zeus.||F Α Tripod; above, fulmen and ΚΡΑ.
AR Ĺ Drachm
|Id.||CΑΞΩΝ Tripod; above, fulmen.
|Id.||Α Ξ Tripod. |
|Id.||Α Ξ Fulmen. |
∆ .75 and smaller.
ImperialóTiberius to Caligula. Inscr., Ε(πι) ΚΟ(ρνηλιου) Λ(υπου); rev. ΚΡΗΤΕΣ ΑΞΙ ΣΥΝΚΛΗΤΩ Head of the Senate, bearded and veiled, AR 118 grs. (Paris); and ΚΡΗΤΕΣ ΑΞΙΩΝ,óΕΠΙ ΛΑΧ(ητι) Heads of Caligula and Germanicus, AR 33 grs. (Hirsch, Auctions-Cat., xiii. 2912). Cf. Cydonia, p. 464.
Biannos or Biennos (Viano), in the southern part of Crete between Priansus and Hierapytna.
|Female head (Artemis ?)||ΒΙΑNΙ Rose [B. M.]. |
|Id.||ΒΙ in dotted circle [Svor., p. 43]. |
|Head of Artemis with quiver.||ΚΕΡΑΙΤΑΝ Arrow-head and spearhead within wreath.|
|Head of Artemis.||Κ Arrow-head and spear-head [B. M.].
|Head of Apollo.||ΚΕ Similar. |
Chersonesus or Cherronesus (Chersoneso), on the north coast near Lyttus, had a temple of Britomartis (Strabo x. p. 479).
|Head of Britomartis, laur.||ΧΕΡΣΟΝΑΣΙΟΝ Apollo, naked, seated
on omphalos holding lyre; in field,
|Head of Britomartis.||ΧΕΡΣΟΝΑΣΙΟΝ (or ΧΕΡΣΟ) Herakles striking with uplifted club.|
|Head of Athena.||ΧΕΡΣΟ... Eagle [Ephem. Arch., 1889, p. 199].|
|Id.||ΧΕΡΣΟΝΑΣΙΩΝ Eagle. |
|Id.||ΧΕΡ (or ΧΕ) Prow. |
Other ∆ types, Head of Zeus; Arrow-head (inscr., ΧΕ).
Cnossus, in the northern part of the island near Lyttus. Its types chiefly relate to Minos and the Minotaur, and to Zeus and Hera, whose marriage was commemorated at Cnossus by a festival of the ιερος γαμος.
|Minotaur running, holding stone in each
[Babelon, Traitť, pt. 2, 1. No. 1968.]
|Labyrinth of cruciform maeander pattern; in centre, star; at each corner, deep square depression.|
|Id. with inscr. ΚΝΟΜ.||Similar [N. C., 1896, p. 90]|
|Minotaur running.||Star in inc. sq., within ornamental frame
[Babelon, Traitť, No. 1972].
|Minotaur running, inscription ΚΝΟΜSΟ(N).||Square labyrinth of maeander pattern (Ephem. Arch., 1889, p. 199, No. 13)|
|Minotaur running, holding stones.||Beardless bead (Theseus ?) within square frame of maeander pattern. (the labyrinth).|
|Id.||Square labyrinth of maeander pattern.|
|Id.||Star within ornamental frame
AR Dr., Ĺ Dr., Obol.
|Female head (Ariadne ?) in maeander frame.||ΚΝΩΣΙΟΝ Zeus seated, holding phiale and scepter [Svor., Pl. IV. 33].|
|ΚΝΩΣΙΟΝ Head of Demeter or Persephone in maeander frame.||ΜΙΝΩΣ Minos seated on throne, holding scepter [Berlin. Svor., Pl. IV. 34].|
|Head of Demeter or Persephone.||ΚΝΩΣΙΟΝ Zeus seated, holding phiale and scepter; whole in maeander pattern.|
|Id.||Labyrinth of maeander pattern formed like the swastika; in centre, star. (Also with labyrinth of square form, sometimes inscribed ΒΡΙΩΝ).|
|Id.||ΚΝΩΣΙΟΝ (or ΚΝΟΣΙΟΝ) Bull's head in maeander frame.|
Small bronze usually with a head (Demeter, Zeus, etc.) on each side. Some of the AR have a curious countermark (pomegranate (?) within circle of dots), found also on the coins of several other Cretan cities (cf. Svoronos in Bull. corr. hell., xii. p. 410, explaining it as a lebes; see also Th. Reinach, L'hist. par les monn., p. 27 note).
|Head of Hera, wearing stephanos with floral ornaments (Fig. 243).||ΚΝΩΣΙΩΝ Square labyrinth, usually with Α on l. and Ρ on r.; also with symbols, spear-head and fulmen.|
|Head of Apollo.||ΚΝΩΣΙΩΝ Male figure (Minos?), seated on square labyrinth holding Nike and scepter.|
|Id.||ΚΝΩΣΙΩΝ Square labyrinth.
AR Ĺ Drachm; same types ∆.
|Star.||Square labyrinth. |
|Head of Athena.||Id.|
|Europa, with inflated veil, riding on bull; beneath, dolphins; border of rays. (type of Gortyna).||ΚΝΩΣΙΩΝ Square labyrinth; symbol,
Coins of the last described type were probably first struck in B.C. 220,
|Head of Athena (as on coins of Athens) (Fig. 244).||ΚΝΩΣΙΩΝ. Owl on amphora; symbol,
square labyrinth; all in olive-wreath.
AR Attic tetradrachm.
Similar imitations of Athenian tetradrachms appeared circ. B.C. 200 at various Cretan cities, Cydonia, Gortyna, Hierapytna, Lappa, Polyrhenium, and Priansus. These types may have been adopted for commercial rather than political reasons (cf. N. C., 1884, p. 26 f.).
|Head of Apollo laur. ΠΟΛΧΟΣ (magistrateís name?) (Fig. 245).||ΚΝΩΣΙΩΝ Circular labyrinth.|
|Head of Apollo.||ΚΝΩ Square labyrinth [Hunter Cat.,
II. p. 176]. |
|Head of Zeus Ammon, bearded.||ΚΝΩΣΙΩΝ Square labyrinth.|
|Head of Zeus Ammon, beardless.||ΚΝΩΣ Fulmen between two stars.
|Head of Zeus (or Minos); some specimens restruck on AR of Antiochus IX. Cyzicenus, B.C. 116-95 (Fig. 246).||ΚΝΩΣΙΩΝ Square labyrinth. (Fig. 246)|
|Head of Zeus.||ΚΝΩΣΙΩΝ Square labyrinth.
|Id. (sometimes with ΚΝΩΣΙΩΝ).||Eagle and name of magistrate, ΑΡΙΣΤΙΩΝ, ΘΑΡΣΥΔΙΚΑΣ, ΚΥΔΑΣ,
|Head of Artemis.||Quiver with strap; magistrateís name,
ΘΑΡΣΥΔΙΚΑΣ, ΤΑΥΡΙΑΔΑ, &c.
|Id.||ΚΝΩΣΙΩΝ Quiver with strap (also
Quiver and bow). |
|Id.||ΚΝΩΣΙΩΝ Caduceus. |
∆ with heads of M. Antonius and Octavius and names of Duumviri. ∆ with head of Augustus rev. Labyrinth. Inscr. on all these. C∑I∑N∑C (or C∑N∑C) ∑EX∑D∑D∑ = Colonia Iulia Nobilis Cnossus ex decreto Decurionum. Also inscr., C∑N∑I∑GNOS∑ rev. Roma holding Victory. There are also small ∆ with inscr. C∑C∑; types., Plough, Labyrinth. For other ∆ coins, Tiberius to Nero, sometimes ascribed to Cnossus, see Svor., p. 92 f. The AR coin (wt. 103.3 grs.) in Brit. Mus. (N. C., 1894, p. 4) with obv. Head of Messalina, rev. Octavius, Britannicus, and Antonia may be assigned here rather than to Corinth.
Cydonia (Khania), one of the most important cities of Crete, was situated on the northern coast near the western end of the island. Its supposed founder was Kydon, the son of Apollo and Akakallis, daughter of Minos (Paus. viii. 53).
|Female head (nymph or maenad?), wreathed with vine-leaves and grapes; some with artistís signature ΝΕΥΑΝΤΟΣ ΕΠΟΕΙ.||ΚΥΔΩΝ Naked archer (Kydon?) stringing his bow; before him, sometimes, a dog.|
|Female head (nymph or maenad?), wreathed with ivy (Fig. 247).||ΚΥΔΩΝ Hound suckling infant (Kydon?).|
|Head of Athena.||ΚΥΔΩΝ Similar.|
|Female head in ivy-wreath.||Κ Three crescents (or bucranium in
place of Κ). |
|Youthful head.||Three crescents.|
|Head of Demeter.||ΚΥΔΩ Amphora.|
|Young horned head.||ΚΥ Hound seated.
AR Trihemiobol; also similar ∆.
|Young male head (Kydon ?).||ΚΥΔΩ Hound seated. |
|Young male head.||ΚΥ ΔΩ Bunch of grapes. |
|Female head.||ΚΥΔΩ Bunch of grapes. |
Miletos, the brother of Kydon, was said to have been suckled in Crete by a wolf; a somewhat similar story may have been told of Kydon himself.
About B.C. 200 Cydonia, after a long interval, struck tetradrachms of the Athenian type (see Cnossus). Inscr., ΚΥΔΩΝΙΑΤΑΝ; symbols, Hound suckling Kydon or Zeus hurling fulmen; on the obverse, magistrateís name ΛΙΘΩΝ.
|Head of Artemis (Diktynna), with bow and quiver; magistrateís name ΓΙΑΣΙΩΝ.||ΚΥΔΩΝΙΑΤΑΝ Artemis (Diktynna) standing in hunting-dress, holding long torch; dog beside her; whole in olive-wreath|
|Head of Apollo.||ΚΥΔΩΝΙΑΤΑΝ Hound suckling Kydon.|
|Id.||ΚΥΔΩΝΙΑΤΑΝ Nike standing. |
|ΓΙΑΣΙΩΝ Head of Apollo.||ΚΥΔΩ Star and crescent. |
|Owl (inscr. ΑΓ, ΑΠ, ΑΡ, &c.).|| Ą Id. |
|Head of young Dionysos.|| Ą Crescent. |
ImperialóAE Augustus to Trajan (or later ?). Inscr., ΚΥΔΩΝΙΑΤΑΝ. TypesóHound suckling Kydon; Temple, &c. Also AR of Tiberius (about 119 grs.) with rev. ΣΥΝΚΛΗΤΩ ΚΡΗΤΕΣ ΚΥΔΩΝΕΑΤΩΝ ΕΠΙ ΚΟΡ ΛΥΠΩ (the Proconsul Cornelius Lupus) and ΕΠΙ ΛΑΧΗΤΙ (Laches); type, Veiled and bearded bust of the Senate; also with rev. ΚΑΙΣΑΡΙ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΩ Ε ΚΟΡ ΛΥ, Radiate head of Augustus (see also Svor., p. 116 f. and p. 325). The use of the dative after επι is noticeable; it occurs elsewhere in Crete in this period, and it is probable that all these coins were executed at the same mint.
Eleutherna (near modern Prinias), one of the most important towns in the interior of the island, was situated between Rhithymna, Sybrita, and Axus. Apollo is the principal god represented on its coins, generally in the character of a hunter (N. C., 1884, p. 28 f.).
|Apollo advancing, holding stone and bow; on r. and l., a tree.||ΕΛΕVΘΕΡ (retrograde) Artemis huntress shooting with bow; in front, dog; rude style.|
|Head of Apollo laur., sometimes within laurel-wreath (obv. and rev. often barbarous).||ΕΛΕΥΘΕΝΝΑΙΟΝ (sic), ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΝΑΙΟΝ, ΕΛΕΥ, &c. Apollo, naked, standing holding stone and bow.|
|Head of Zeus.||ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΝΑΙΟΝ Apollo, naked,
standing holding stone and bow [Eph.
Arch., 1889, p. 202) |
AR Stater, Dr.
|Male head (Apollo ?).|| (No type). |
|ΛΕ Grapes.||Apollo (as before). |
|Head of Apollo.||ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡ Bow. |
|Head of Apollo; border of dots; also with border of rays.||ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΝΑΙΩΝ Apollo with bow,
quiver, and stone, seated on omphalos,
beside which, lyre. |
|ΕΛΥΡΙΟΝ Head of Cretan goat; beneath, arrow-head.||Bee (sometimes with inscr. ΜΙ).|
|ΕΛΥΡΙΟΝ Cretan goat standing with forefoot placed on tree.||ΜΙ Bee.|
|Head of Apollo.||[Ε]ΛΥΡΙ Cretan goat raising right fore foot [Myres in N. C., 1894, p. 92;
Svor., p. 310, No. 2]. |
|ΗΛ (for ΕΛ?) Forepart of Cretan goat recumbent, looking back; arrow-head near neck. (Also with Head of goat.)||ΗΛ Bee [N. C., 1894, p. 95; Svor.
p. 146. Specimens have been found
at RhodhovŠni]. |
The goat is probably connected with the hunter Apollo of Crete (N. C., 1884, p. 31). The people of Elyrus dedicated at Delphi (Paus. x. 16) the representation of a bronze goat suckling the infants Phylakis and Phylandros, who were children of Apollo by Akakallis. The bee may refer to a legend connected with the infancy of Zeus (N. C., 1884, p. 33).
Gortyna (now village of ĎΑγιοι Δεκα), in the southern part of central Crete, rivalled Cnossus in wealth and importance.
|Europa riding on bull.||ΛΟΡΤVΝΟΜΤΟCΑIΜΑ (Γορτυνος το παιμα) on the four sides of a square, within which, lionís scalp facing; incuse square. (Others of similar types without inscr. Also a somewhat later didrachm with rev. inscr. ΓΟΡΤVΝΙΟΝ).|
|Bull recumbent.||Same inscr. as No. 1. Lionís scalp; incuse square [Weber Coll., N. C., 1892, p. 198; var. in Brit. Mus. Also Dr., Ĺ Dr., and Obol, without inscr.].|
|Europa seated in tree (Fig. 248).||ΛΟΡΤVΝSΟΝ, ΛΟΡΤVΝΙΟΝ (or without inscr.) Bull, usually standing|
Many specimens are of barbarous execution, especially on the obverse; the prototype is, however, of beautiful work. Some are restruck on coins Of Cnossus and Cyrene (obv. Zeus Ammon, rev. Silphium). The tree, though somewhat diversely represented, is probably intended for the Gortynian platanus mentioned by Theophrastus (Hist. Plant. i. 9. 5) and Pliny (xii. 1.5): ĎEst Gortynae in insula Creta iuxta fontem platanus una insignis utriusque linguae monimentis, numquam folia dimittens, statimque ei Graeciae fabulositas superfuit Iovem sub ea cum Europa concubuisse.í On the earlier staters Europa  is seated in pensive attitude, and an eagle (Zeus) sometimes perches on a branch near her. Some specimens are inscribed ΤSΜVΡΟS =Τισυροι (?), an inscription hard to explain; according to the Scholiast on Theocritus (Num. Chron., 1891, p. 417), Τιτυρος was the name of a Cretan town. On the somewhat later series the seated Europa much resembles a figure of Hera, wearing a polos and holding a sceptre surmounted by a bird; on her knees is the eagle with expanded wings, and a bullís head is sometimes seen in front of the trunk. It would seem that the Gortynian version of the myth was that Zeus, after carrying off Europa in the form of a bull, approached her again in the form of an eagle.
|Female head (Europa ?), wearing sphendone; sometimes inscribed ΛΟΡΤV.||Forepart (or head and neck) of bull.
AR Dr., Ĺ Dr.
|Head of Persephone or Demeter.||Bullís head. |
|Europa seated in tree, holding out veil; on tree, eagle.||ΓΟΡΤΥ Bull standing. |
AR 96 grs.
|ΓΟΡ Id.; border of rays.||ΓΟΡΤΥΝΙΩΝ Europa seated on bull;
A Gortynian decree of the third or second century B.C. enjoins, under a penalty, the use of Ďthe bronze money (νομισματι τω καυχω) which the city has put in circulationí, and also fixes a fine to be paid by any one who Ďaccepts in payment silver obolsí (τοδ δí οδελονς μη δεκετθαι τονς αργυρος); see the inscription in Journ. Int., 1898, p. 165 (Halbherr); ib., p. 173 (Svoronos); and Th. Reinach in Rev. Num., 1904, p. 12, and cf p. 465.
Tetradrachms of Athenian types (as at Cnossus, &c.). Inscr., ΓΟΡΤΥΝΙΩΝ. Symbol, Bull rushing, and magistrateís name (N. C., 1899, p. 93).
|Head of Zeus (Fig. 249.).||ΓΟΡΤΥΝΙΩΝ Athena armed standing holding Nike; before her, serpent; olive-wreath. Magistrate, ΘΙΒΟΣ.|
|Id.||ΓΟΡΤΥΝΙΩΝ Naked male figure, with
bow and quiver, seated on rock .
AR Attic Drachm.
|Id.||ΓΟΡΤΥΩΝ Naked male figure (the
founder Gortys ?) advancing with
spear and shield; border of rays.
AR Dr. (Similar rev. on ∆.)
|Id. [Svoronos, p. 172, No. 113.]||ΓΟΡΤΥΝΙΩΝ Bull. |
AV 133 grs.
|Id.||ΓΟΡΤΥΩΝ Europa on bull |
|Head of Helios.||ΓΟ Eagle holding serpent; border of
AR Ĺ Dr.
|ΡΩΜΑΣ Head of Roma in winged helmet, adorned with elephantís head; in front, mon. ΚΑ. [Svor., p. 181.]||ΓΟΡΤΥΝ Ephesian Artemis (as on AV staters of Ephesus); in field, bee and elephantís head; laurel-wreath [Berlin, Paris].|
ImperialóInscr., ΓΟΡΤΥ, etc. Tiberius, AR rev. Radiate head of Augustus; name of Proconsul Cornelius Lupus (ΚΟΡ ∑ ΛΥ ∑). Caligula and Germanicus. ∆ rev. Head of Germanicus; inscr., ΕΠΙ ΛΥΓΟΥΡΕΙΝΩ. The name of Augurinus occurs also at Hierapytna and Polyrhenium. For επι with the dative see Cydonia. Trajan. ∆ rev. ΓΟΡΤΥC Warrior (Gortys ?), with spear and circular shield. See also Province of Crete, infra.
Hierapytna (Gierapetra), on the southern coast, west of Cape Erythraeum.
|ΙΡ ΑΠ V between the limbs of a triskeles; wreath.||Forepart of boar; wreath [Berlin; Svor., p. 188, No. 1; Z. f. N., xxi. 215].|
|Head of Zeus; one specimen of this type is from the same die as a stater of Eleutherna.||ΙΕΡΑ Palm-tree with eagle at its foot (Fig. 250).|
|Head of Zeus.||Id. [Svor., p. 188, No. 3].
AR about 12 grs.
Tetradrachms of Athenian types (as at Cnossus, etc.). Inscr., ΙΕΡΑΓΙΥ. Symbol, Eagle, or without symbol. Magistrates, ΖΗΝΟΦΙ; ΚΥΡΑΝΝΙΣ.
|Female head, turreted.||ΙΕΡΑΓΙΥΤΝΙΩΝ Palm-tree and eagle;
magistrateís name; whole in wreath
AR Spread Tetradr. 230 grs.
AR Didr. 116 grs.
AR Dr. 57 grs.
Among the names on these coins are :óΑΡΙΣΤΑΓΟΡΑΣ, ΑΡΓΑΝΩ (Eph. Arch., 1889, p. 203), ΑΣΒΑΝΤΟΣ. ΙΜΕΡΑΙΟΣ, ΚΑΟΥΜΕΝΙΔΑΣ, ΚΥΔΑΝΤΟΣ, ΜΕΝΕΣΘΕΝΗΣ, ΝΕΩΝ, ΣΑΜΑΓΟΡΑΣ, ΦΑΥΟΣ.
|Female head, turreted.||ΙΕΡΑΠΥ (on the mon. see Svor., p. 301 f.)
Palm-tree and eagle [Imhoof, Mon.
gr., p. 220, No. 51). |
|Head of Zeus.||ΙΕΡΑΠΥ Palm-tree; in field, aplustre
|Young male head.||Id. mag., ΣΩΤΕ. |
|Head of Zeus.||Ι ΑΡ Palm-tree [N. C., 1897, p. 32].
|Star.||ΙΕΡΑ and mag. Palm-tree [Svor., p.
192, No. 33]. |
|Young head.||Mon. of Hierapytna. Prow [Svor., p. 193,
No. 41]. |
Imperial. AR Divus Augustus. ΘΕΟΣ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΣ ΚΡΗΤΩΝ ΕΠΙ ΚΟΡΝΗΛ ΛΥ rev. ΤΑΝ (= Ζαν) ΚΡΗΑΓΕΝΗΣ ΙΕΡΑ Head of Zeus Kretagenes. Wt. about 138 grs. Tiberius. AR with Ε ∑ ΚΟΡ ∑ ΛΥ and ΕΠΙ ΛΑΧΗ rev. Head of Augustus radiate. Wt. about 41 grs. Caligula. AE. Inscr., ΙΕΡΑΠΥΤΝΙΩΝ ΕΠΙ ΑΥΓΟΥΡΕΙΝΟΥ or ΦΛΑΟΥΙΟΥ, rev. Eagle; in field, palm-tree.
Hyrtacina has the same types as Elyrus, to the west of which it was situated.
|ΥΡ, ΑΤΡΥ, ΥΡΤΑΚΙΝΙΩΝ Head of Cretan goat; behind, arrow-head.||Bee.|
|Goatís head.||ΥΡ Bee, and monogram [N. C., 1894,
p. 96]. |
Also small thin AR pieces (some specimens in gold, N. C., 1892, p. 199) recording an alliance between Hyrtacina and Lisus. Usual type: Dove (or eagle?) on obv. and rev. Inscr., Λ-Υ; ΥΡ-ΛΙ; ΥΡ-ΛΙΣΙΩΝ, or without inscr. Also types: dolphin, star.
|Sea-god (Glaukos or Triton ?), half-man, half-fish, striking downwards with trident.||Ornamented star in incuse square. (Later specimens with wreath encircling the star).|
|Id. (Fig. 251).||ΙΤΑ or ΙΤΑΝΙΟΝ Two sea-monsters face to face; incuse circle.|
|Head of Athena in Athenian helmet.||ΙΤΑΝΙΟΝ Two sea-monsters face to face; inc. sq. [some with the name ΕΥΦΑΜΟ instead of ΙΤΑΝΙΟΝ; Svor. in Journ. Int., 1898, p. 157].|
|Id.||ΙΤΑΝΙΩΝ or ΙΤΑΝΙΟΝ Eagle looking
back; in field of some, small figure
of sea-god. |
AR Stater, Dr., Ĺ Dr.
|Id.||Star; incuse circle [see also Svor., p. 206, Nos. 42-44].|
The eagle doubtless refers to the Zeus Δικταιος worshipped at Itanus (Michel, Recueil, No. 1317; inscr. of Itanus).
|Female head, r.
[N. C., 1894, p. 10, No. 10.]
|Bullís head facing; one horn turned downwards.|
|Young head.||Similar bullís head. |
AR 11-13 grs.
|Head of bull.||Λ. |
AR 11 grs.
|Head of Poseidon.||ΛΑΠΠΑΙΩΝ Trident and two dolphins
[Svor., p. 212, Nos. 11, 12]. |
|Head of Artemis.||ΛΑ Tripod. |
|Id.||Bullís head with one horn turned downwards. |
|Head of Apollo.||ΛΑΠΠΑΙ Apollo standing holding lyre
and plectrum. Mag. ΣΥΛΩΚΟΣ.
AR 53-45 grs. (reduced Attic drachm).
|Id.||ΛΑΠΠΑΙΩΝ Lyre. |
|Id.||ΛΑ Lyre. |
Imperial. Inscr., ΛΑΠΠΑΙΩΝ, Augustus ∆, rev. Apollo standing with lyre. Tiberius AR, rev. Head of Augustus (ΛΑΠ). Domitian ∆, rev. Apollo standing; Athena; Three ears of corn. Domitia ∆, rev. Artemis with bow. Hadrian ∆, rev. Athena (Svor., p. 216, No. 35).
|Head of Artemis (or Eileithyia).||ΛΑΤΙΩΝ Hermes walking. |
|Id. [Svor., p. 220, No. 3.]||ΛΑ Bust of Hermes. |
There was a temple of Eileithyia at Latus (Michel, Rec., No. 28, No. 60), and Hermes was one of the gods honoured by the citizens (C. I. G., No. 2554).
Imperial. Caligula ∆, rev. ΓΕΡΜΑΝΙΚΟΝ ΚΑΙΣΑΡΑ ΕΠΙ ΑΥΓΟΥΡΕΙΝΩ ΛΑΤΙ Head of Germanicus (N. C., 1891, p. 128). For επι with dative see Cydonia. For bronze coins with large Ε, etc., on rev., see Svor., p. 220 (Latos-Etera).
|Head of Artemis.||ΛΙΣΙΩΝ Dolphin. |
|ΙΛ Dove (or eagle ?).||ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Dove (or eagle ?).
AV 17 grs.
|Id.||Plain reverse [N. C., 1891, p. 129].
|ΛΙ Goatís head.||ΛΙ Bee. |
|Caps of Dioskuri.||ΛΙΣΙ Bow and quiver. |
Lyttus (Xyda), an important city in the eastern part of central Crete.
|Eagle flying.||ΓVΚΤSΟΝ Head and forefoot of boar; inc. square [Brit. Mus. (Bunbury Coll.); cf. Eph. Arch., 1889, p. 205, Nos. 41, 42].|
|Eagle standing.||ΓVΚΤSΟN Boarís head; inc. sq.
|Eagle flying.||ΛVΤΤSΘN; ΛVΤ; ΛVΤΤSΘS; ΛΥΤΤΙΟΝ Boarís head; inc. sq.
AR Stater, Dr., Ĺ Dr.
|Λ Eagle flying.||Head and forefoot of boar; inc. sq.
[Hunter Cat., ii. p. 191, No. 7].
The eagle doubtless refers to Zeus; for it was in a cave of Mount Aegaeum, near Lyttus, that Rhea gave birth to the god (Hes. Theog., 477; N. C., 1884, p. 42).
|Boarís head.||ΛΥΤΤΙΩΝ Eagle standing.
AR Attic Drachm.
|Head of Athena.||ΛΥΤ Prow. |
|Head of Zeus.||ΛΥΤΤΙΩΝ Eagle standing; symbol,
boarís head. |
Imperial. The autonomous coinage appears to end in B.C. 220, when
|Head of Zeus.||ΜΑΛ Eagle standing. |
|Head of Zeus. [Svor., p. 244.]||ΜΩΔΑΙΩΝ Bullís head facing.|
Myrina, mentioned in Plin. N. H. iv. 12. 59 (Svor., p. 245 f.).
|Bullís head and neck.||ΜV Bullís head and neck; circular
|Female head; hair rolled.||Id. [N. C., 1895, p. 96. No. 11].
AR Ĺ Dr.
|Bullís head and neck.||Μ in circular incuse. |
AR 16 grs.
Olus (mod. Επανω and Κατω Ελουντα), on the north-east coast. Its temple of Britomartis contained a statue of the goddess by Daedalus (Paus. ix. 40. 3). It had also a temple of Zeus Tallaeos (B. C. H., iii. p. 293).
|Head of Artemis Britomartis wearing laurel-wreath; quiver at neck.||ΟΛΟΝΤΙΩΝ Zeus seated holding eagle
AR 166 grs.
|Similar.|| in laurel-wreath. |
AR 34 grs.
|Similar.||ΟΛΟ[ΝΤ]ΙΟΝ Tripod. |
AR 20 grs.
AR 11 grs.
AR 9 grs.
|Head of Artemis Britomartis.||ΟΛΟΝΤΙ Zeus seated holding eagle.
Phaestus, west of Gortyna, one of the most ancient and important towns of Crete. Many of its types relate to Herakles, father (or grandfather) of Phaestus, the eponymous hero.
|Europa riding on bull (cf. the earliest coin of Gortyna with similar types and corresponding inscr.).||CΑIΜΤIΤIΟΝΤΟCΑIΜΑ (Φαιστιον το παιμα) Lionís scalp within square; whole in incuse square.|
|CΑSΜΤS[O] Europa seated on rock welcoming with raised hand the bull advancing towards her.||Hermes seated holding caduceus.|
|Female head (Europa).||Forepart of bull kneeling [Hunter Cat., ii. p. 192, No. 1, Pl. XLII. 12]|
|Herakles with bow and club standing; lion-skin hanging behind, in field.||Bullís head.|
|Id.||CΑΙΜΤΙΚΟΝ Bull feeding; legs tied.|
|Herakles standing; on l., serpent; on r., tree.||Bull tethered; laurel-wreath|
|ΦΑΙΣΤΙΟΣ Herakles with club attacking serpent.||Bull; wreath [Z. f. N., xvii. p. 7].|
|Herakles with club attacking hydra; at his foot, crab (Fig. 252).||ΦΑΙΣΤΙΩΝ Bull.|
When Herakles with the help of Iolaos destroyed the Lernaean hydra, a gigantic crab came to the assistance of the hydra and wounded Herakles in the foot (Apollod. ii. 5. 2). The bull on the coins is probably the famous Cretan bull bound by Herakles.
|ΦΑΙΣΤΙΟΝ Herakles seated, resting; bow and quiver tied to tree (or to a column); large vase beside him.||Bull walking.|
|Head of Herakles.
[Svor., p. 256, No. 8.]
|ΦΑΙΣΤΤΙΟ (sic) Two bulls standing r.|
|CΕΛΧΑΝΟΣ (retrograde) Youthful male figure seated in tree; in r. hand holds a cock (Fig. 253). Zeus Velchanos(?), but cf. Rossbach (Rhein. Mus., n. s., vol. 44, p. 437 f.) on Hesychius s.v. Γελχανος.||ΦΑΙΣΤΙΟΝ (ΦΑΙΣ, ΦΑΙΣΤΙ) Bull rushing (sometimes walking).|
|ΤΑΛΩΝ Naked male figure winged (Talos) hurling stone (Fig. 254).||ΦΑΙΣΤΙΩΝ Bull rushing|
|Similar, with dog between legs of Talos.||Forepart of bull.|
|Young male head (Herakles or Phaestos). Also with Female head.
[Svor., p. 255, Nos. 4, 5.]
|Talos hurling stone; dog between legs [Z. f. N., xvii. p. 7, No. 2]|
|ΦΛΙΣ or ΦΑ Young male bead (Herakles or Phaestos).||Bullís head [Cf. N. C., 1892, p. 200,
No. 29]. |
AR Dr., Ĺ Dr.
|Talos running, hurling stone.||ΦΑΙCΤΙΩΝ Hound on the scent |
Talos (or Talon), the wondrous man of brass made by Hephaestos, was the guardian of Crete, who daily perambulated the island and hurled stones at strange vessels that approached it. The dog is doubtless the golden dog made by Hephaestos, and set as a protector to the infant Zeus in Crete, and afterwards to the temple of Zeus (N. C., 1884, p. 50 f.).
Phalasarna, at the north-west extremity of the island, possessed a temple of Artemis Diktynna and a fortified harbour (Svor., p. 268).
|Head of Diktynna, her hair bound with crossing cord.||ΦΑ Trident.|
|Id.; hair rolled.|| Ą Id. |
AR Drachms Ĺ Dr.
(Sometimes restruck on coins of Argos.)
|Id.|| Ą Id. [Svor., p. 270, No. 9]. |
|ΦΑΛ (mon.). (No type.)|| Ą Id. [Svor., p. 271, No. 11]. |
|Φ (No type).||Dolphin. |
Polyrhenium (Palaeokastro KissŠmou). Its territory occupied most of the western end of the island. It had a temple of Artemis Diktynna (Strabo x. 479).
|Head of Diktynna, hair rolled (sometimes with hair in coif). Signature of the engraver ΠΥΘΟΔΩΡΟΥ; see also Aptera, supra.||Bullís head facing, with pendent fillets. (Sometimes restruck on coins of Argos; N. C., 1900, p. 18).|
For small AV coins sometimes attributed to this city see under Hyrtacina, supra.
|Head of Zeus.||ΠΟΛΥΡΗΝΙΟΝ Bullís head facing, with pendent fillets; beneath, arrow-head. Mag., ΧΑΡΙΣΘΕΝΗΣ|
|ΠΟΛΥΡΗΝΙΟΝ (and ΠΟΛΥΡΗΝΙΩΝ, Hunter Cat., II. p. 196, No. 5) Bull's head facing, with pendent fillets.||ΠΟΛΥΡΗΝΙ Spear-head. |
|Head of Athena.||ΠΟΛΥΡΗΝΙ Bullís head facing, with
pendent fillets. |
|Bullís head facing.||ΠΟΛΥ, etc. Spear-head. |
|Round shield, on which bullís head.||ΠΟΛΥ, etc. Id. |
|Π Bow. [Svor., p. 281, No. 38.]||ΠΟΛΥΡΗ Arrow-head. |
|Boeotian shield (probably recording an alliance with Thebes).||ΠΟΛΥΡΗ Goatís head and arrow-head
[N. C., 1894, p. 94]. |
|Male head, with whisker; wears taenia;
bow and quiver at neck (Philip V of
Macedon as Apollo ?).
[N. C., 1884, p. 54.]
|ΠΟΛΥΡΗΝΙΩΝ Female figure (Diktynna ?) seated holding Nike.|
|Bust of Diktynna facing, with bow and quiver.||ΠΟΛΥΡΗΝΙΩΝ Apollo (?) advancing
with bow. |
AR Ĺ Attic Dr.
Tetradrachms of Athenian types (as at Cnossus, etc.). Inscr., ΓΙΟΛΥΡΗΝΙΩΝ. Symbol-Artemis shooting with bow. Also ∆ with types referring to Apollo and to Hermes (Svor., p. 282 and p. 283), and AE with obv. Head of Athena, rev. ΓΙΟΛΥ Owl. (Svor., p. 283, No. 50.)
Imperial. Augustus. ΘΕΟΣ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΣ ΕΠΙ ΚΟΡΝΗΛΙΟΥ ΛΥΠΟΥ Radiate head of Augustus, rev. ΤΑΝ (cf. Hierapytna) ΚΡΗΤΑΓΕΝΗΣ ΠΟΛΥΡ Head of Zeus Kretagenes laur.; beneath, fulmen. AR Wt. 147 grains (Paris, Svor., p. 284, No. 52). Caligula. ∆ with rev. Head of Germanicus. ΕΠΙ ΛΥΓΟΥΡΕΙΝΩ ΠΟΛ. For επι with dative see Cydonia.
Praesus (Annual of Brit. School at Athens, viii. 1901-1902, p. 231 f.). The territory of this city occupied the greater part of the eastern end of Crete, bordering upon that of Itanus. The city was destroyed by the Hierapytnians some time after B.C. 148. Several coins refer to the worship of Zeus Δικταιος, whose temple stood on Mount Dikte east of the town.
|Gorgoneion.||Youthful figure (Herakles ?) in chlamys, kneeling and shooting with bow; incuse square.|
|Cow suckling infant (Zeus ?).||ΠΡΑΙS Herakles (?) kneeling and shooting with bow [Svor., p. 286, No. 2 (Paris); N. C., 1896, p. 18 (Weber Coll.)].|
|Youthful figure (Herakles ?) in chlamys, kneeling and shooting with bow.||ΠΡΑΙS Eagle; incuse square.
AR Stater, ľ Dr.
|Zeus Diktaeos enthroned, holding eagle and sceptre.||ΠΡΑΙ Bull butting [B. M. C., Crete, ĎPraesus,í No. 5; cf. N. C., 1892, p. 30].|
|Zeus Diktaeos (as above).||Forepart of goat looking back.
AR Stater and Dr.
|Id.||ΠΡΑΙ Herakles standing wielding club and holding bow [Svor., p. 288, No. 21].|
|Head of Apollo.||ΠΡΑΙΙ Forepart of goat looking back; behind, arrow-head.|
|Id.||ΠΡΑΙΣΙΩΝ Herakles with club and bow (as above).|
|Id.||Goatís head in laurel-wreath |
AR Ĺ Dr.
|Id.||Bullís head. |
AR Ĺ Dr.
|Head of Demeter or Persephone wreathed with corn (as on Syracusan coins).||ΠΡΑΙΣΙ Rushing bull; symbol, rose.|
|Id.||ΠΡΑΙΣΙΟΝ Bullís head; symbol, rose.
|Id.||ΠΡΑΙΣΙ Bee; symbol, rose |
AR Ĺ Dr.
|Head of Apollo.||Bee. |
AR Ĺ Dr.
|Id.||ΠΡΑΙCΙΩΝ Fulmen. |
|Goddess enthroned beneath palm-tree, caressing serpent which rises to her hand.||ΠΡΙΑΝΣΙΕΩΝ Poseidon in himation standing holding trident and dolphin.|
|Similar.||Forepart of goat looking back; in field, arrow-head [Svor., p. 296, No. 6]|
|Female head (Artemis ?).||ΠΡΙΑΝΣΙΕΩΝ Palm-tree between dolphin and rudder. |
|Id.||ΠΡΙΑΝΣΙΕΩΝ Trident. |
|Id.||Ι Palm-tree. |
The goddess fondling the serpent may be Persephone approached by Zeus in the likeness of a serpent (cf. coin of Selinus in Sicily, supra, p. 169; N. C., 1884, p. 56), or possibly Hygieia, for there was a temple of Asklepios at Leben near Priansus.
|Female head (Artemis?).||ΠΡΙΑΝ Poseidon striking with trident
|Id.||ΠΡΙΑΝCΙWΝ Palm-tree between rudder and dolphin; border of rays. |
Rhaucus lay between Gortyna and Cnossus. Though an inland town, it had a cultus of Poseidon, like Mantineia, the various Thessalian towns, etc. Circ. B.C. 166 Cnossus and Gortyna made a combined attack upon Rhaucus and divided its territory between them (Polyb. xxxi. 1).
|Poseidon Hippios, naked, holding trident and standing beside his horse (horse's foot sometimes on prow).||ΡΑΥΚΙΟΝ Trident (on the earlier specimens within incuse square).|
|Head of Poseidon; trident at shoulder.||ΡΑΥΚΙΟΝ Trident between two dolphins. |
|Head of Poseidon.
[Svor., p. 307, No. 24.]
|ΡΑΥΚΙΟΝ Two dolphins. |
AR ľ Dr.
|Head of Demeter or Persephone.||ΡΑΦΙΩΝ Head of trident|
|ΡΑΥΚΙΩΝ Horseís head.||Dolphin and trident. |
|Head of Poseidon.||ΡΑΥΚΙΩΝ Trident between two dolphins. |
|ΡΑΥΚ Two dolphins.||ΡΑ Head of trident. |
|ΡΑΥ Dolphin.||Head of trident. |
|Head of Apollo.||ΡΙ Apollo holding stone and bow.|
|Head of Athena.||ΡΙ Trident between two dolphins.
|Id.||ΡΙ Trident. |
AR Ĺ Dr.
|Id.||ΡΙ (or ΡΙΘΥ) Two dolphins. |
|Id.||ΙΡ Trident. |
|Dionysos, bearded, seated, holding kantharos and thyrsos.||ΣΥΒΡΙΤΙΟΝ Hermes standing, holding phiale and caduceus [Svor., p. 314, No. 1].|
|Similar.||ΣΥΒΡΙ Similar [Ib., No. 2] |
|Head of Dionysos, bearded and wreathed with ivy; in front, grapes.||ΣΥΒΡΙΤΙΩΝ Head of Hermes; in front, caduceus [N. C., 1890, p. 321, No. 20].|
|Similar.||Similar type [N. C., 1 895, p. 97, No. 14].
|Young Dionysos holding thyrsos, riding on galloping panther.||ΣΥΒΡΙΤΙΩΝ Hermes, wearing chlamys, stooping forward and placing his foot on a rock, while he ties his sandal; in front, caduceus.|
|Head of young Dionysos wreathed with ivy; behind, grapes.||ΣΥΒΡΙΤΙΟΝ Hermes, standing holding long caduceus [Hunter Cat., II. p. 199, No. 31.|
|Apollo (?) seated on rock adjusting bow.||ΣΥΒΡΙ Head of Hermes; petasos at
neck [Svor., p. 315, No. 7]. |
|Head of young Dionysos.||ΣΥΒΡΙΤΙΩΝ Goatís head and spear
[Brit. Mus. = Eph. Arch., 1889, p. 210,
No. 60]. |
|Head of goat.||ΣΥ Grapes [Similar types on ∆ with out inscr.; Eph. Arch., 1889, p. 210. No 62].|
|Top of caduceus.||ΣΥ (in mon.) within incuse square.
AR Ĺ Obol.
|Head of Hermes.||ΣΥΒΡΙ Caduceus. |
|Id.||ΣΥΒΡΙΤΙΩΝ Jawbone of animal |
|Head of Zeus.||Similar. |
|Id.||ΣΥ Spear-head and branches [Svor.,
p. 316, No. 15]. |
|ΣΥ Dolphin.||Trident in wreath [Hunter Cat., II.
p. 199, No. 5]. |
|Head of young Dionysos.||ΤΑΝ Globule between three crescents.|
|Young male head, r.||ΤΑΝΙΤ Head of Hermes.|
|ΤΑΡ Head of goat; beneath, arrowhead.||Bee [N. C., 1896, p. 19].|
|Head of goat.|| (= ΤΑ) Bee [Svor., p. 321, No. 2].
Tylisus (Επανω and Κατω Τυλισω), on the north coast between Rhaucus and the sea.
|Head of Hera wearing stephanos adorned with floral devices.||ΤΥΛΙΣΙΟΝ and ΤΥΛΙΣΙΩΝ, sometimes retrograde. Apollo, naked, standing holding goatís head and bow; in field, shrub, or arrow-head [Variety with ΤΥΛΙΣΙΟΣ; Svor., p. 330, No. 10].|
|Cista mystica with serpent; ivy-wreath.||ΚΥΔΑΣ ΚΡΗΤΑΡΧΑΣ ΚΡΗΤΑΙΕΩΝ
Between two serpents, Zeus Kretagenes standing holding eagle and hurling fulmen [Svor., p. 334, No. 1]
Probably struck at Gortyna between B.C. 66 and the battle of Actium, B.C. 31.
ImperialóCaligula to Antoninus Pius, chiefly ∆, but there are AR of Caligula, Claudius, etc.; weights, 160 grs. (Didr.), 120 grs. (1Ĺ Dr.), 45 grs. (Ĺ Dr.). There are also AR, reign of Nero, probably of Crete, inscribed ΑC ∑ ΙΤ ∑ ΚΔ (Assaria Italica 24?)=the drachm, circ. 84 grs., and ΑC ∑ ΙΤ ∑ ΙΒ (Assaria Italica 12?) = Ĺ dr., circ. 37 grs. (Brit. Mus., Imhoof, G. M., p. 687 f.). Inscr. Coins of the earlier emperors give no indication of the place of issue, but from the reign of Domitian, ΚΟΙΝΟΝ ΚΡΗΤΩΝ or Κ Κ appear. Chief typesóAugustus, radiate, seated in curule chair or in car drawn by four elephants; around, seven stars (the Great Bear). The Korybantes dancing. ΖΕΥC ΚΡΗΤΑΓΕΝΗC standing hurling fulmen; around, seven stars (Svor., p. 342, No. 45; R. N., 1898, p. 677 f.). ΔΙΟΣ ΙΔΑΙΟΥ Eagle. ΔΙΟΣ ΑΓΟΡΑΙΟΥ Altar. Nymph holding infant Zeus (Svor., p. 346, No. 74). Infant Zeus seated on globe; near him, goat; around, seven stars. Europa on bull. Artemis. ΔΙΚΤΥΝΝΑ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΗ Diktynna hunting (Svor., p. 343, No. 55). ΠΑΡΘΙΑ seated and trophy. Emperor, Nike, and ΑΡΜΕΝΙΑ captive. ΔΑΚΙΑ Dacia captive. The warrior ΓΟΡΤΥC. Altar. Tripod, etc.
See Svor., pp. 331, 332, also p. 121 (Dictynna); p. 147 (Eltyna?); p. 150 (Heracleion ?); p. 272, cf. Eph. Arch., 1889, p. 209, No. 52 (Poekilasos ?); p. 326, cf. Eph. Arch., 1889, Pl. XIII, No. 14 (Thenae?); Eph. Arch. 1889, p. 206 (Orion?); Svor., p. 319, No. 1 (Tanos or Cydonia:ó uninscribed didrachm with obv. fine head of young Dionysos, rev. Tripod). Didrachm (of Priansus ?), N. C., 1895, p. 96. Didrachm, obv. male figure seated in tree holding wreath; rev. Apollo seated in laurel-tree holding lyre (Hunter Cat., II. Pl. XLIII. 7). See also Hunter Cat., ĎUncertain,í II. p. 200 f. (No. 3, p. 200 is now recognized by Macdonald as a coin of Etruria; op. cit., III. p. 748).