Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ancient Coins of Cyprus 13.6.1977

The symbols on the Cypriot coins were at first of oriental origin but later in certain kingdoms they were replaced by Greek figures, mainly those of Gods Apollo and Athena. The inscriptions on the coins were at first in the Cypriot syllabary, but later from the 4th century B.C. in the Greek alphabetic writing. During the Ptolemaic period after 294 B.C. the coins of Cyprus struck in the three Cypriot mints of Salamis, Paphos and Kition, copied the types of Ptolemaic coins of Egypt. Of special importance were, in the Roman times, the coins of silver or bronze which had on the reverse the inscription "KOINON KYPRION" or the temple of Aphrodite and Paphos. These coins were struck in Cyprus as from the 1st century A.D.
My dear friend Merja gave me this First Day Cover commemorating The Ancient Coins of Cyprus which was issued on 13.6.1977. The coins featured on the stamps are (top left) bronze coin of Emperor Trajan; (top right) silver tetradrachm of Demetrios Poliorcetes; (lower left) silver tetradrachm of Ptolemy VIII; (lower right) gold octadrachm of Arsinoe II.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the post! - I have the same FDC but knew nothing about it.