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Kalindoia (district de Bottike area in Chalkidiki, Macedonia) (?) - AR diobol

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Kalindoia (district de Bottike area in Chalkidiki, Macedonia) (?) - AR diobol

Kalindoia (district de Bottike area in Chalkidiki, Macedonia) (?) - AR diobol
AR diobol, circa 500-475 B.C.
Head of the nymph Europe (?) left.
Quadriparti incuse square.
1,18 g. C. Gatzolis & S. Psoma, More on the Bottiaeans of Thrace, in Kermatia Philias, Studies in Honor of Ioannis Touratsoglou, Athènes, 2009, p. 143,10-12 var. (jugate heads of nymph and bull right) ; cf. HCG 344 var. (jugate heads of nymph and bull right). Uublished. Unique (?). Very nice dark patina. Extremely fine

THE NYMPH AND THE BULL/ INCUSE SQUARE ISSUE
A nymph and a bull appear on the obverse of early 5th century issues without inscription in three or four distinct denominations. On the heaviest one, of about 2 g, a bust of a nymph is facing the forepart of a bull (PL.I, 9). On all others (PL.I, 10-12), a bull’s head is depicted behind the head of the nymph. All scholars from J. Babelon to A.P. Tzamalis, who presented or discussed these coins, agree on their attribution to a north Greek mint. The incuse square on the reverse of some specimens reminds us of the coins of Mende (PL.I, 10). Their fractional system can perhaps indicate their attribution to a city of the Chalcidic peninsula. In the same way as the small fractions for which we proposed an attribution to the Aigantioi on Pallene and the first issues of Sermylia, the Nymph-bull specimens seem to follow what we call the ‘Chalcidic’ version of the “ Thraco-Macedonian” standard. Extrait de C. Gatzolis & S. Psoma, More on the Bottiaeans of Thrace, in Kermatia Philias, Studies in Honor of Ioannis Touratsoglou, Athènes, 2009.

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