The coinage of Kea (Meletemata) by Charikleia Papageorgiadou-Banis

By Charikleia Papageorgiadou-Banis

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Their weights follow the Aiginetic system. The flans are somewhat thin and wide. The cuttlefish of the obverse type is rendered with a greater or lesser degree of realism, and usually in strong relief. 3 The incuse on the reverse is of the "Union Jack" type (four segments), which in some cases shows signs of developing into a more regular shape. It is evident from their state of preservation that the coins of this series had been in circulation for a long period, and in some cases the die was already damaged when it was used.

Their weights follow the Aiginetic system. The flans are somewhat thin and wide. The cuttlefish of the obverse type is rendered with a greater or lesser degree of realism, and usually in strong relief. 3 The incuse on the reverse is of the "Union Jack" type (four segments), which in some cases shows signs of developing into a more regular shape. It is evident from their state of preservation that the coins of this series had been in circulation for a long period, and in some cases the die was already damaged when it was used.

On the reverse the inscription is arranged symmetricaly in relation to the grapes, forming a sort of frame around them. The rendering of the female figure on the obverse, both on 2 and 3, finds close parallels to the figures of the following Series XII. 37 gr. Apart from their great wear, the coins of this series are characterized by their careless manufacture, which produced aesthetically poor results. The rough workmanship as well as the rendering of the figure suggests a date in the 1st c. 46 Series XII.

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