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Smyrna, Ionia, c. 190 - 170 B.C.
Apparently unpublished. The magistrate Pytheos is known at Smyrna but the type is not listed for Pytheos in the many references examined. We did find a couple of misdescribed examples online.
A cestus or caestus is an ancient battle glove, sometimes used in pankration. They were worn like today's boxing gloves but were made with leather strips and sometimes filled with iron plates or fitted with blades or spikes, and used as weapons.
GB84111. Bronze AE 13, cf. Milne Smyrna
L, 86; BMC Ionia
p. 243, 61 ff.; SNG Cop
1166 f.; SNG Tub
- (none by Pytheos), VF, attractive style
off center, scratches, inscription
weak, edge chip, Smyrna mint, weight
1.504g, maximum diameter
13.2mm, die axis
, magistrate Pytheos, c. 190 - 170 B.C.; obverse
right, hair bunched in the back, loosely waved locks falling down neck; reverse
(fighting gloves) downward, the right hand is nearer with back of hand visible, the left hand is farther and clenched with palm
facing, two palm
fronds flanking forming arch above, ΠYΘEOΣ (magistrate name) downward on left, ZMYPNAIΩN downward on right; very rare
Catalog current as of Saturday, January 20, 2018.
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