Ancient Greek Tauric Chersonese, Pantikapaion, Pan & Griffin Bronze, 325-300BC

Denomination: Bronze AE22

Period: Classical and Hellenistic

Date: 325-300BC

Origin: Black Sea area mint

Condition: VF+ a beautiful example

Obverse: Head of young Pan, left

Reverse: Forepart of griffin, left, sturgeon beneath, PAN around in Greek lettering

Size and Weight: 22mm, 6.51g

References: Spink 1700, SNG Cop 30

Features and Provenance: This highly sought after coin bears two relatively rare depictions of mythical characters. Firstly, Pan who was the Greek god of flocks and shepherds, he is sometimes shown sitting on a rock, cloven-hoofed, horns and with 'Pan' pipes. By contrast to the pastoral scene, he was feared by travellers as was known to jump out and surprise and startle, the word 'panic' is derived from their actions.

Secondly, the griffin was a creature with the body of a lion and the wings and head of an eagle. Griffins were supposed to protect possessions of great value. The region was very wealthy there was vast expenditure on its art, this is demonstrated in the superior quality of its coinage at such an early date.



Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades between

Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear, all parts of legend etc present, visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of legend etc present, but maybe worn

Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible






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