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Classical Numismatic Group > Electronic Auction 297Auction date: 27 February 2013
Lot number: 233

Lot description:
Roman Provincial

PHOENICIA, Tyre. Valerian I. AD 253-260. Æ (27mm, 9.73 g, 6h). Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Cadmus standing left, holding patera and spear; at feet to left, bull reclining right; in left field, city gate of Thebes above ΘH/BЄ; murex shell to right. Rouvier –; AUB –; BMC –. Fine, earthen green patina.

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.

See Rouvier 2532, BMC 487, and AUB 311 for this reverse on coins of Gallienus.

Estimate: $100