CRETE KNOSSOS ( CNOSSUS ) SILVER STATER – FULL AND DETAILED REPRESENTATION OF THE MYTHICAL LABYRINTH – CHOICE FINE GREEK NGC GRADED GREEK COIN (Inv. 14607)
CRETE, CNOSSUS ( KNOSSOS ). Ca. 320-270 BC.
Silver stater, 11.07 g., 23 mm.
Obv. Head of a goddess (Hera ?) right.
Rev. Labyrinth, BPI in field.
Le Rider, Monnaies Crétoises, no. 203, pp. 30-31, pl.vii, 12 (seemingly the same dies)
NGC graded CHOICE FINE, Strike 4/5, Surface 3/5, obverse struck from a worn die, a rare emission with a particularly fine representation of the famous labyrinth of Greek myth. The closest parallel for this coin is from a 1953 hoard found in Crete and documented by Le Rider in his Monnaies Crétoises, pp. 19 ff. Given the rarity of this variety and the fact that Le Rider mentions that parts of this hoard had entered the market, it is possible that the present coin also originates in this find. The BPI legend in reverse field designates the magistrate ΒΡΙΩΝ, documented on other Cretan coin issues.