Islands off Caria, Los
circa 345-340/30 BC
Bearded head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin
Veiled female head left; [BΙTΩN to right]
9mm, 6.66 g, 12h
gVF, toned, find patina
from the Pixodarus Hoard (CH 9.421), ex Leu Numismatik AG inventory; ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 425 (25 July 2018), Lot 199
This coin was discovered in the Pixodarus Hoard and illustrated in Meadows, A & U. Wartenburg. Coin Hoards Volume IX, Greek Hoards. (London, 2002).
Kos is an island in the south-eastern Agegan sea. On trade routes between Egypt, Syria, Cypurs and Anotalia, Kos prospered in antiquity where it was known, amongst other things, for its silk. Perhaps the most famous person to have lived on Kos, was the greek physician Hippocrates, known today as the 'Father of Medicine' and credited with creating or at least inspiring, the Hippocratic Oath.