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Crete; 300-270 BC
Silver Stater
Phaestus was an ancient Cretan city that was first inhabited around 4000 BC. It had its own currency and had alliances with other autonomous Cretan cities and with the king of Pergamum, Eumenes II. Around the end of the 3rd century BC, Phaestus was destroyed by the Gortynians, and since then it ceased to exist in the history of Crete. Obverse Herakles wearing a lion-skin headdress while fighting the Hydra. Ther is a bow and quiver on the rocks to the left. Reverse features a facing and standing Cretan bull.
Mint: Phaestus
Provenance: Coutesy Gemini Numismatic Auctions, LLC

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