|FORVM Kios Bithynia AE11 Male (Mithras?) Head / Kantharos and Grapes RARE VF, est $72|
Item Number : 73598
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|Auction Type|| Standard|| ||Starting Bid||$0.99|
|Current Bid||$16.00 || ||# of Bids||5 |
|Quantity||N/A|| ||Location||Morehead City, NC, UNITED STATES|
1d 2h 48m 56s || ||Mail This Auction to a Friend|
|Started||9/13/2020 3:53:55 PM EST|| || || |
|Ends||9/27/2020 8:00:00 PM EST|| || || |
|Item Owner (Ratings)||FORVM AUCTIONS (1692) |
|High Bidder (Ratings)||Jason E (3) |
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|Kios, Bithynia, c. 325 - 203 B.C.|
|GB89135. Bronze AE 11, SNG Cop 382; BMC Pontus, p. 131, 20; var. (KIA); SNGvA 7004 var. (same); Rec Gén I.2 7 var. (same), VF, nice dark green patina, Kios (Bursa, Turkey) mint, 1.020 grams, 10.5 mm, die axis 0o, c. 325 - 203 B.C.; obverse young beardless male head (Mithras?) right, wearing a Phrygian cap and laurel wreath; reverse Kantharos between two bunches of grapes hanging on vines which emerge from the cup, K-I divided by stem, all within wreath of two stalks of grain; rare;
estimated value: $80.00|
According to myth, Kios (Cius) was founded on the Propontis (Sea of Marmara) by Herakles when he accompanied the Argonauts. According to historians, it was founded in 626 - 625 B.C. by colonists from Miletos. Kios was often subject to greater powers, predominantly the Persian Empire until Alexander the Great invaded and took the city in 334 B.C. After disputes with Alexander`s successors, Kios joined the Aetolian League, in opposition to Macedonia. In 202 B.C., Philip V of Macedonia and Prusias I of Bythinia destroyed the city and massacred, banished, or enslaved its citizens. Prusias built a new city on the site and named it for himself (Prusias ad Mare). After this atrocity, the Rodians asked the Roman Senate for help. The Romans seized this opportunity to invade Greece and defeat Philip V. In 74 B.C., after the death of King Nikomides III, the Romans occupied Kios and the whole of Bythinia. Under Rome, the name Kios was revived. An important link in the ancient Silk Road, Kios became a wealthy town.
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