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Coin of Knossos and Gortyna with Europa on bull

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Obverse: Bull left carrying Europa with her veil billowing. Below, two dolphins. Border of rays. Reverse: Square labyrinth. Star between the letters [KN] (?). Inscription in Greek. (see media screen for Greek inscription)


By date unknown: in the collection of an English clergyman (now MFA 65.636-65.870); about 1963: collection purchased at auction in London by Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; collection purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., June 9,1965

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Hellenistic Period, about 220 B.C.


Knossos and Gortyna, Crete


Diameter: 18 mm. Weight: 3.98 gm. Die Axis: 12

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The Ancient World


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