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Classical Numismatic Group > Electronic Auction 424Auction date: 11 July 2018
Lot number: 294

Lot description:

PHOENICIA, Tyre. Valerian I. AD 253-260. Æ (27mm, 13.98 g, 6h). Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Cadmus standing left, holding patera and spear; at feet to left, cow reclining right; in left field, city gate of Thebes above ΘH/BЄ; murex shell to right. Rouvier 2500; BMC –. VF, earthen green surfaces. Rare.

While travelling through Greece in search of his abducted sister Europa, the Phoenician prince Cadmus consulted the Delphic oracle, where he was instructed to follow a sacred cow and found a city on the spot where it should finally take rest. Cadmus followed the instructions, and the spot where the cow stopped became the great city of Thebes in Boeotia.

Estimate: 200 USD