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Pan is usually represented in the form of a satyr, with goat's horns and a cloak of goat's skin, playing the Syrinx, or flute of seven pipes, and holding the pedum or pastoral staff. Pan was in love with the chaste nymph Syrinx. She sought help from her fellow river-nymphs and was transformed into reeds, a plant with a hollow stem. The reeds made a strong sound when the angry Pan was breathing upon them. He cut them and invented the syrinx (pan-flute).

Macedonian Kingdom, Antigonos II Gonatas, 277 - 239 B.C.

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Antigonus was cunning, patient and persistent, preferring political rather than military solutions. In contrast to his father Demetrius and neighbor Pyrrhus, who aimed higher and fell lower, Antigonus achieved a measure of mediocre security. He cultivated the arts, gathering distinguished philosophers, poets, and historians, and he gained the affection of his subjects by his honesty.
GS87634. Silver tetradrachm, Touratsoglou 25-40; SNG Cop 1199; Alpha Bank 986; SNG Saroglos 921; AMNG III-2 p. 186, 3; HGC 3 1042, aVF, well centered, light toning, bumps and scratches, porosity, flan crack, weight 16.461 g, maximum diameter 30.6 mm, die axis 225o, Amphipolis mint, c. 274/271 - 260/255 B.C.; obverse head of horned Pan left, lagobolon (throwing club for hunting hares) over shoulder, within double solid circle on boss of a Macedonian shield ornamented around the rim with 7 stars within double crescents; reverse Athena Alkidemos striding left, aegis-shield on left arm, brandishing thunderbolt in right hand, wearing helmet and long chiton, BAΣIΛEΩΣ (king) downward on right, ANTIΓONOY downward on left, facing Macedonian helmet with transverse crest and ear-flaps inner left, HΛ monogram inner right; $220.00 (Ä187.00)

Himera, Sicily, 420 - 409 B.C.

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In 409 B.C., Carthage attacked Himera. The city was unprepared; its fortifications weak. At first they were supported about 4000 auxiliaries from Syracuse, but their general, Diocles, seized with panic for the safety of Syracuse itself, abandoned Himera. The city was utterly destroyed, its buildings, even its temples, were razed to the ground. More than 3000 prisoners were put to death by General Hannibal Mago as a human sacrifice to the memory of his grandfather General Hamilcar who had been defeated at the Battle of Himera in 480 B.C.
GB70582. Bronze hemilitron, Calciati I p. 41, 27; SNG Cop 318, SNG MŁnchen 365; SNG ANS 184 var. (grasshopper control), VF, well centered, nice patina, weight 5.272 g, maximum diameter 20.8 mm, die axis 90o, Himera (Termini, Sicily, Italy) mint, 420 - 409 B.C.; obverse Pan on a goat prancing right, nude but for chlamys fluttering in the wind behind, preparing to blow on conch in right, thyrsus in left over shoulder, Corinthian helmet (control symbol) below; reverse HIMEPAION, Nike flying left, apluster with dangling fillets in extended right, fold of long chiton in left, six pellets (mark of value) left below arm; SOLD

Pantikapaion, Tauric Chersonesos, Thrace, c. 310 - 303 B.C.

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Pan is the Greek god of shepherds and flocks, fields, groves, mountain wilderness, and wooded glens, hunting, rustic music, theatrical criticism, and companion of the nymphs. He is connected to fertility and the season of spring. He has the hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat and is usually represented in the form of a satyr, with a cloak of goat's skin, playing the Syrinx, or flute of seven pipes, and holding the pedum or pastoral staff.
GB77212. Bronze AE 20, SNG BM 869, SNG Cop 30, MacDonald Bosporus 69, HGC 7 113, SGCV I 1700, EF, double strike, flan flaw on obverse, well centered on a tight flan, weight 7.564 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 180o, Pantikapaion (Kerch, Crimea) mint, c. 310 - 303 B.C.; obverse bearded horned head of Pan right; reverse ΠAN, forepart of griffin left, sturgeon left below; SOLD


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