Kios (Cius) AR Hemidrachm with Iridescent Toning

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  1. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    There was a myth that Hylas, one of the companions of Heracles on the voyage to Colchis, was carried off by the nymphs when he went to get water here; and another that Cius, another companion of Heracles, on his return from Colchis, stayed here and founded the city, to which he gave his name.

    Hylas and nymphs from a mosaic in Roman Gaul (3rd century)

    Located at the head of the Propontis, in Kios, Bithynia or Cius; sacked and renamed Prusias ad Mare by King Prusias I in 202 BC, but renamed back to Kios under the Romans.

    AR Hemidrachm
    OBVERSE: Laureate head of Apollo right
    REVERSE: ΓPOΞ – ENOΣ; Ship’s prow left, ornamented with star
    Proxenos, magistrate
    Struck at Kios 350-300 BC
    2.4g, 15mm
    SNG Cop 373
    Ex JAZ Numismatics
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  3. Theodosius

    Theodosius Fine Style Seeker Supporter

    Great toning on a very nice coin.

    I like the details on the prow, too.

  4. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Very nice, I like the toning on it too.
  5. Ocatarinetabellatchitchix

    Ocatarinetabellatchitchix Supporter! Supporter

    Nice hemidrachm @Bing. It’s quite an achievement to be able to capture the iridescent toning on pictures!
  6. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Wow, nice one, @Bing ! Toning is excellent! Beautiful Hemidrachm.
  7. ominus1

    ominus1 Supporter! Supporter

    beautiful Bing...both coin and mosaic :)
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  8. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    I believe this is the only Kios that I have. I got it because it features Mithra.

    Bithynia Kios
    250 BCE
    AE11 1.06g
    Obv: Laureate hd Mithra r
    Rev: Kantharos 2 grape bunches hanging K-I below within a wreath
    Ref: SNG Cop 382
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  9. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Lovely coin, Bing!
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