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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Greece| > |Crete| > SH56742
Kydonia, Crete, c. 320 - 270 B.C.
Kydonia or Cydonia was on the northwest coast of the island of Crete, at the site of the modern Greek city of Chania. In legend Kydonia was founded by King Cydon, a son of Hermes and of Akakallis, the daughter of King Minos. Cydonians are mentioned in book 12 of the Aeneid, where their excellent bow skills are used in an extended Virgilian simile describing the Fury's descent to Juturna.
SH56742. Silver diobol, SNG Lockett 2548, Dewing 2000, Robinson Pseudoaeginetica 48, SNG Cop -, Svoronos Crete -, VF, toned, Kydonia (Chania, Crete, Greece) mint, weight 1.497g, maximum diameter 12.6mm, c. 320 - 270 B.C.; obverse head of Nymph Kydonia left; reverse raised linear skew design (quartered square, one quarter bisected diagonally), imitating an archaic incuse; scarce; SOLD










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