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Ancient Coinage of Crete, Knossos


Knossos or Cnossus, on the island of Krete / Crete

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CITY AND SEMI-AUTONOMOUS COINAGE
BMC 43Knossos, Crete, ca 200-67 BC. AR tetradrachm. 14.88 gr. Diademed, bearded, male head right (Zeus or Minos), hair bound in taenia / KNW-S-I-WN, Labyrinth. BMC 43.TextImage
RPC 909Knossus, Crete, L. Lollius. ca 37-34 BC. Draped bust of Artemis right, quiver over shoulder / L LOLLIUS across fields, Stag standing right. ID below. RPC 909; Lindgren III A128.TextImage
RPC 914(M Licinius?) Crassus AE25 of Crete, Cnossus. ca 37-30 BC. Crocodile right / CRAS, prow right. Svoronos 1903. TextImage
SNGCop 385Crete, Knossos. Circa 200-67 BC. AE 16mm. Laureate head of Zeus right / Labyrinth. TextImage
Svoronos 40cfCrete, Knossos AR Stater. ca 330–300 BC. Female head (Ariadne or Pasiphae?) left, hair rolled, in pendant earring / Labyrinth in form of swastika, four crescents between arms, five pellets in center. Cf. Svoronos 40, pl. v, 16 (same obverse die) & 20, pl. v, 3 (reverse). TextImage
Svoronos 62Crete, Knossos AR Stater. Circa 350-200 BC. Female head right, in single-pendant earring & necklace / Labyrinth; PIB below. BMC 11, Jameson 2518, Pozzi 1969, LeRider 10. TextImage
Svoronos 70Crete, Cnossus AR Drachm. ca 330-300 BC. Head of Hera left, in necklace, earring, & stephane ornamented with palmettes / KNWSI, labyrinth in form of square with entrance at top, flanked by letters A—P. Traité 1548. TextImage
Svoronos 80Crete, Knossos. ca 400-350 BC. AE 13mm. Head of Hera right / KNW, head of Zeus right. SNGCop 371, BMC 16. TextImage
Svoronos 88Crete, Knossos. ca 400-350 BC. AE 20mm. Laureate head of Apollo left / Zeus seated left on the Labyrinth of Minos, holding Nike in his extended right hand, left elbow resting on scepter, monogram at knee. BMC 28. TextImage
Sear #3228Crete, Knossos. c 220 BC. Alliance between Knossos & Gortyna. AE 18mm. Europa on bull left, two dolphins below / KN-W-SI-WN, labyrinth of Minos; star above between the K & N. Svoronos 122, SNG Cop 378, BMC 36-38.
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CALIGULA
RPC 996Caligula & Germanicus AE21 of Knossos, Crete, C CAESAR AV GERMANICVS, laureate head right / GER CAESAR PVLCHRO III VARIO IIVIR, laureate head of Germanicus right. Svor. Crete 209. TextImage
NERO
RPC 1006Nero & Octavia AE27 of Knossos, Crete. ca 55-60 AD. NERO CLAV CAES AVG IMP LVPINO VOLVMNIO II, bare-headed, draped bust of Nero right, sceptre at shoulder / NERO CLAVD CAES AVG IMP ET OCTAVIA AVGVSTI, confronted busts of Claudia Octavia, draped, crescent moon above, and Nero, bare-headed with star above. Vagi 732.TextImage
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See also: Perseus Project database, coins of Knossos
Entry for Crete, Knossos on the Digital Historia Numorum
Search for Cnossus in the British SNG Volumes' Database at the Fitzwilliam Museum

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