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Crete; 320-270 BC
The Labyrinth of Knossos was an elaborate structure designed and built by the legendary craftsman Daedalus for King Minos of Crete. Its main purpose was to hold the Minotaur, a creature that was half man and half bull and was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus. Daedalus had made the Labyrinth so cunningly that he himself could barely escape it after he built it. Theseus was aided by Minos’ daughter, Princess Ariadne, who provided him with a skein of thread, literally the "clew", or "clue", so he could find his way out again. The obverse shows the bearded head of Ammon facing left. The reverse displays a rectangular labyrinth with the inscription ΚΝΩ/Σ-Σ/ΙΩΝ (Ω upside down) along the outside.
Mint: Knossos
Provenance: Courtesy Gemini Numismatic Auctions, LLC

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