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Europa

Zeus was enamored of Europa and decided to seduce or ravish her. He transformed himself into a tame white bull and mixed in with her father's herds. While Europa and her female attendants were gathering flowers, she saw the bull, caressed his flanks, and eventually got onto his back. Zeus took that opportunity and ran to the sea and swam, with her on his back, to the island of Crete. He then revealed his true identity, and Europa became the first queen of Crete. Zeus gave her a necklace made by Hephaestus and three additional gifts: Talos, Laelaps and a javelin that never missed. Zeus later re-created the shape of the white bull in the stars, which is now known as the constellation Taurus.

Roman Republic, Dictatorship of Julius Caesar, L. Valerius Acisculus, 45 B.C.

|after| |50| |B.C.|, |Roman| |Republic,| |Dictatorship| |of| |Julius| |Caesar,| |L.| |Valerius| |Acisculus,| |45| |B.C.|, |denarius|
The ascisculus, a pickaxe used by stone-cutters, behind Apollo is a punning allusion to the moneyer's cognomen, Acisculus.

Zeus was enamored of Europa and decided to seduce her. He transformed into a tame white bull and joined her father's herds. When Europa got onto his back, Zeus ran to the sea and swam to the island of Crete. He then revealed his true identity. Europa became the first queen of Crete. Zeus re-created the shape of the bull in the stars, which is now known as the constellation Taurus.
SH23634. Silver denarius, Crawford 474/1a, Sydenham 998, RSC I Valeria 17, SRCV I 469, EF, weight 3.701 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 0o, obverse ACISCVLVS, head of Apollo right, ascisculus (pickaxe) behind; reverse L VALERIVS, Europa seated on bull walking right, holding billowing veil; slight flatness in center, reverse 1/5 off-center, mint luster and light golden toning; SOLD


Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., Sidon, Phoenicia

|Caracalla|, |Caracalla,| |28| |January| |198| |-| |8| |April| |217| |A.D.,| |Sidon,| |Phoenicia|, |tetradrachm|
Zeus was enamored of Europa and decided to seduce or ravish her. He transformed himself into a tame white bull and mixed in with her father's herds. While Europa and her female attendants were gathering flowers, she saw the bull, caressed his flanks, and eventually got onto his back. Zeus took that opportunity and ran to the sea and swam, with her on his back, to the island of Crete. He then revealed his true identity, and Europa became the first queen of Crete. Zeus gave her a necklace made by Hephaestus and three additional gifts: Talos, Laelaps and a javelin that never missed. Zeus later re-created the shape of the white bull in the stars, which is now known as the constellation Taurus.
RP42404. Silver tetradrachm, Prieur 1356 var. (reverse legend break), aVF, weight 13.894 g, maximum diameter 26.4 mm, die axis 180o, Sidon (Saida, Lebanon) mint, 215 - 217 A.D.; obverse AYT KAI ANTΩNEINOC CE, laureate bust right, from behind; reverse ∆HMAPX EX YΠATO-C ∆, eagle standing facing on club, wings open, head left, wreath in beak, Europa riding a bull between legs; SOLD


Caligula, 16 March 37 - 24 January 41 A.D., Sidon, Phoenicia

|Roman| |Phoenicia|, |Caligula,| |16| |March| |37| |-| |24| |January| |41| |A.D.,| |Sidon,| |Phoenicia|, |AE| |23|
Zeus was enamored of Europa and decided to seduce or ravish her. He transformed himself into a tame white bull and mixed in with her father's herds. While Europa and her female attendants were gathering flowers, she saw the bull, caressed his flanks, and eventually got onto his back. Zeus took that opportunity and ran to the sea and swam, with her on his back, to the island of Crete. He then revealed his true identity, and Europa became the first queen of Crete. Zeus gave her a necklace made by Hephaestus and three additional gifts: Talos, Laelaps and a javelin that never missed. Zeus later re-created the shape of the white bull in the stars, which is now known as the constellation Taurus.
RP91511. Bronze AE 23, Rouvier 1457 (no star visible); RPC I 4612 (9 spec.); BMC Phoenicia p. 178, 208, gF, grainy and porous, scratches, weight 10.556 g, maximum diameter 22.5 mm, die axis 0o, Sidon (Saida, Lebanon) mint, 37 - 38 A.D.; obverse laureate head right, star lower right (star not visible, RPC notes the star is often faint but likely all originally had a star); reverse veiled Europa seated on bull left, holding bull's horn with right hand, inflated veil billowing overhead in left hand, ΣI∆ΩNOΣ over L HMP (year 148) below; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; SOLD


Sidon, Phoenicia, Autonomous Issue, 10 - 9 B.C.

|Phoenicia|, |Sidon,| |Phoenicia,| |Autonomous| |Issue,| |10| |-| |9| |B.C.|, |AE| |21|
Zeus was enamored of Europa and decided to seduce or ravish her. He transformed himself into a tame white bull and mixed in with her father's herds. While Europa and her female attendants were gathering flowers, she saw the bull, caressed his flanks, and eventually got onto his back. Zeus took that opportunity and ran to the sea and swam, with her on his back, to the island of Crete. He then revealed his true identity, and Europa became the first queen of Crete. Zeus gave her a necklace made by Hephaestus and three additional gifts: Talos, Laelaps and a javelin that never missed. Zeus later re-created the shape of the white bull in the stars, which is now known as the constellation Taurus.
RP31127. Bronze AE 21, RPC I 4568 or similar, aVF, weight 6.564 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, die axis 0o, Sidon (Saida, Lebanon) mint, 10 - 9 B.C.; obverse tetrastyle temple on base flanked by two columns; reverse ΣI∆ΩNION [LBP], Europa on bull charging left, holding billowing veil; SOLD


Gortyna, Crete, c. 250 - 221 B.C.

|Crete|, |Gortyna,| |Crete,| |c.| |250| |-| |221| |B.C.|, |AE| |17|
Gortyna in the southern part of central Crete, rivalled Cnossus in wealth and importance.

A Gortynian decree of the third or second century B.C. required, under a penalty, the use of the bronze money which the city has put in circulation, and established a fine to be paid by any one who accepts in payment silver obols.
GB35135. Bronze AE 17, SNG Cop 447, VF, green patina, weight 4.847 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 45o, obverse Europa seated right, amid branches; reverse Europa on bull left, all in wrreath; SOLD


Thraco-Macedonian, Mid 5th Century B.C.

|Other| |Macedonia|, |Thraco-Macedonian,| |Mid| |5th| |Century| |B.C.|, |hemiobol|
Zeus was enamored of Europa and decided to seduce or ravish her. He transformed himself into a tame white bull and mixed in with her father's herds. While Europa and her female attendants were gathering flowers, she saw the bull, caressed his flanks, and eventually got onto his back. Zeus took that opportunity and ran to the sea and swam, with her on his back, to the island of Crete. He then revealed his true identity, and Europa became the first queen of Crete. Zeus gave her a necklace made by Hephaestus and three additional gifts: Talos, Laelaps and a javelin that never missed. Zeus later re-created the shape of the white bull in the stars, which is now known as the constellation Taurus.
GA66475. Silver hemiobol, Tzamalis 16; Svoronos HPM pl. VIII, 8; cf. Rosen 165 (diobol, 1.701g); SNG ANS -, F, rough, weight 0.284 g, maximum diameter 6.94 mm, die axis 0o, Thraco-Macedonian mint, Middle 5th century B.C.; obverse Jugate heads of Europa and a bull right; reverse Quadripartite incuse square; very rare; SOLD


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Sidon, Phoenicia

|Phoenicia|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.,| |Sidon,| |Phoenicia|, |AE| |23|
Zeus was enamored of Europa and decided to seduce or ravish her. He transformed himself into a tame white bull and mixed in with her father's herds. While Europa and her female attendants were gathering flowers, she saw the bull, caressed his flanks, and eventually got onto his back. Zeus took that opportunity and ran to the sea and swam, with her on his back, to the island of Crete. He then revealed his true identity, and Europa became the first queen of Crete. Zeus gave her a necklace made by Hephaestus and three additional gifts: Talos, Laelaps and a javelin that never missed. Zeus later re-created the shape of the white bull in the stars, which is now known as the constellation Taurus.
RP40089. Bronze AE 23, BMC Phoenicia p. 181, 225, F, weight 10.352 g, maximum diameter 23.0 mm, die axis 0o, Sidon (Saida, Lebanon) mint, 117 - 118 A.D.; obverse AYTO TPA KAI A∆PIANΩΣ [...], laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse Europa riding bull right, date HKΣ upper right, ΣI∆ΩNOΣ ΘEAΣ below; SOLD


Arados, Phoenicia, 85 - 84 B.C.

|Phoenicia|, |Arados,| |Phoenicia,| |85| |-| |84| |B.C.|, |AE| |22|
Zeus was enamored of Europa and decided to seduce or ravish her. He transformed himself into a tame white bull and mixed in with her father's herds. While Europa and her female attendants were gathering flowers, she saw the bull, caressed his flanks, and eventually got onto his back. Zeus took that opportunity and ran to the sea and swam, with her on his back, to the island of Crete. He then revealed his true identity, and Europa became the first queen of Crete. Zeus gave her a necklace made by Hephaestus and three additional gifts: Talos, Laelaps and a javelin that never missed. Zeus later re-created the shape of the white bull in the stars, which is now known as the constellation Taurus.
GB81122. Bronze AE 22, BMC Phoenicia p. 41, 332, F, weight 6.765 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 0o, obverse veiled bust of Astarte-Europa right, wearing stephane and veil; reverse humped bull jumping to left, head turned facing, KN / ΠC above, POE (year 175) / M q (Phoenician daleth) below; nice near black patina with red earthen highlighting; SOLD


Gortyna, Crete, 4th Century B.C.

|Crete|, |Gortyna,| |Crete,| |4th| |Century| |B.C.|, |stater|
Zeus was enamored of Europa and decided to seduce or ravish her. He transformed himself into a tame white bull and mixed in with her father's herds. While Europa and her female attendants were gathering flowers, she saw the bull, caressed his flanks, and eventually got onto his back. Zeus took that opportunity and ran to the sea and swam, with her on his back, to the island of Crete. He then revealed his true identity, and Europa became the first queen of Crete. Zeus gave her a necklace made by Hephaestus and three additional gifts: Talos, Laelaps and a javelin that never missed. Zeus later re-created the shape of the white bull in the stars, which is now known as the constellation Taurus.
SH51407. Silver stater, SNG Delepierre 2378, Svoronos Crte 64, SNG Cop 442 var. (thinker pose), VF, toned, heavy flan, over-struck on an earlier coin, weight 11.592 g, maximum diameter 26.4 mm, die axis 180o, Gortyna mint, 4th century B.C.; obverse Europa seated right in a tree in a playful pose; reverse bull right, head turned back left; SOLD


Roman Republic, Dictatorship of Julius Caesar, L. Valerius Acisculus, c. 45 B.C.

|after| |50| |B.C.|, |Roman| |Republic,| |Dictatorship| |of| |Julius| |Caesar,| |L.| |Valerius| |Acisculus,| |c.| |45| |B.C.|, |denarius|
The ascisculus, a pickaxe used by stone-cutters, behind Apollo is a punning allusion to the moneyer's cognomen, Acisculus.

Zeus was enamored of Europa and decided to seduce her. He transformed into a tame white bull and joined her father's herds. When Europa got onto his back, Zeus ran to the sea and swam to the island of Crete. He then revealed his true identity. Europa became the first queen of Crete. Zeus re-created the shape of the bull in the stars, which is now known as the constellation Taurus.
SH21108. Silver denarius, SRCV I 469, Crawford 474/1a, RSC I Valeria 17, VF, weight 3.677 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 45o, Rome mint, c. 45 B.C.; obverse ACISCVLVS, head of Apollo right, ascisculus (pickaxe) behind, star above; reverse L VALERIVS, Europa seated on bull walking right, holding billowing veil; toned and attractive; SOLD




  




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