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Kartheia, Keos Island, Cyclades, Greece, Late 3rd - Early 2nd Century B.C.

|Other| |Greece|, |Kartheia,| |Keos| |Island,| |Cyclades,| |Greece,| |Late| |3rd| |-| |Early| |2nd| |Century| |B.C.||chalkous|
Aristaeus, in Greek mythology, was a minor god, protector and creator of various arts, such as cheese making and bee keeping. His parents were the god Apollo and the huntress Cyrene. He married Autonoe, daughter of King Cadmus of Thebes who was also Thebes founder.
GB92758. Bronze chalkous, Papageorgiadou-Banis series VIII, issue 2, p. 99 & pl. 5, 109; SNG Cop 631; BMC Crete p. 92, 41; Weber 4636; HGC 6 557 (R1), VF/F, tight flan, weight 5.708 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 0o, Karthaea mint, late 3rd - early 2nd century B.C.; obverse laureate head of Aristaeus(?) right; reverse forepart of hound (Sirius the Dog Star) left, rays over KAPΘAI above, Σ over A right, small bee below; ex Den of Antiquity; rare; SOLD

Ioulis, Keos Island, Cyclades, Greece, Late 3rd - Early 2nd Century B.C.

|Other| |Greece|, |Ioulis,| |Keos| |Island,| |Cyclades,| |Greece,| |Late| |3rd| |-| |Early| |2nd| |Century| |B.C.||chalkous|
On most examples of this type, including this one, the inscription is illegible or off flan. As a result the type is often attributed to an uncertain mint on Keos.
GB93475. Bronze chalkous, Papageorgiadou-Banis Series VIII, p. 29 & pl. 4, 60; SNG Cop 650; BMC Crete p. 90, 12 (Ceos); Mionnet Suppl. IV p. 386, 164; HGC 6 525 (R1), VF, brown tone, light earthen deposits, tight flan cutting off ethnic, weight 1.370 g, maximum diameter 11.4 mm, die axis 180o, Ioulis (Kea, Greece) mint, late 3rd - early 2nd century B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse forepart of hound (Sirius the Dog Star) left with rays above, IOY below, slightly concave; from the Errett Bishop Collection; only two sales of this type recorded on Coin Archives for the last two decades, this is the first specimen of this type handled by FORVM; very rare; SOLD

Ioulis, Keos Island, Cyclades, Greece, 3rd - 2nd Century B.C.

|Other| |Greece|, |Ioulis,| |Keos| |Island,| |Cyclades,| |Greece,| |3rd| |-| |2nd| |Century| |B.C.||AE| |10|
Ktesylla was a girl born at Ioulis, Keos who eloped with her lover and died in childbirth. After her body disappeared an oracle instructed the people to found a sanctuary called Ktesylla. An annual sacrifice was made to her at Ioulis.

The bee on the reverse is an allusion to Aristaeos. At a time when Keos was suffering from drought and pestilence Aristaeos appeared on Keos and sacrificed to Zeus Ikmaios, who caused refreshing breezes to blow for forty days. Aristaeos also instituted propitiatory sacrifices to the dog-star Seirios, and instructed the Kean Nymphs in bee-keeping and other arts.
GB29815. Bronze AE 10, BMC Crete p. 96, 71; Papageorgiadou-Banis Series XII, SNG Cop -, F, weight 1.109 g, maximum diameter 10.1 mm, die axis 0o, Iulis mint, obverse diademed head of Ktesylla right; reverse IO-Y, bee within laurel wreath; rare; SOLD



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