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Kolophon, Ionia, c. 490 - 400 B.C.
The kithara (cithara) was an ancient stringed musical instrument resembling the lyre. The lyre was a simpler folk-instrument with two strings and tortoise shell body. The kithara had seven strings and a flat back. The kithara is a symbol of Apollo and he is credited with inventing it. Its true origins were likely Asiatic.. The kithara was primarily used by professional musicians, called kitharodes. In modern Greek, the word kithara has come to mean "guitar."
GS86610. Silver drachm
, SNG Cop
135 (same dies), Milne Colophon
-, SNG Mün
-, VF, centered on an irregularly shaped flan
, etched surfaces, die break on reverse
, Kolophon (near Degirmendere Fev, Turkey) mint, weight
5.341g, maximum diameter
19.1mm, die axis
, c. 490 - 400 B.C.; obverse
KOΛOΦΩN (retrograde, counterclockwise), laureate head
right, wearing earring and necklace, hair in a queue looped up and bound to wreath
; reverse Kithara
, in an incuse
square; ex Savoca Numismatik, auction 1 (9 Apr 2015), lot 189; rare
Catalog current as of Thursday, February 21, 2019.
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