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Excessively Rare Silver Tetradrachm from Barke, Kyrenaika, C. 360 BC Obverse: B – A / P – K / A – I and a silphium plant. Reverse: AKE – ΣIOΣ , facing head of Zeus Ammon, with his eyes wide-open and his hair flowing behind him on each side. A spectacular coin, the head of Zeus is rendered with great power, dark old patina, very fine and excessively rare. The facing head of Zeus on the reverse of this coin is absolutely breath-taking in its composition. It is without doubt one of the most spectacular fully facing heads ever to appear on an ancient Greek coin. It took an artist of considerable skill to produce the magnificent result we see above. The coin is a great rarity of the Greek series. Barke was an ancient Greek colony and later a Roman and a Byzantine city in North Africa. It was in the coastal area of what is today Libya. As a Greek city, it was part of the Cyrenaican Pentapolis along with the city of Cyrene itself. The city’s name, Arabized as Barqah, came to refer to the former state and province of Cyrenaica




Obverse: B – A / P – K / A – I  and a silphium plant. Reverse: AKE – ΣIOΣ , facing head of Zeus Ammon, with his eyes wide-open and his hair flowing behind him on each side.
A spectacular coin, the head of Zeus is rendered with great power, dark old patina, very fine and excessively rare. The facing head of Zeus on the reverse of this coin is absolutely breath-taking in its composition. It is without doubt one of the most spectacular fully facing heads ever to appear on an ancient Greek coin. It took an artist of considerable skill to produce the magnificent result we see above. The coin is a great rarity of the Greek series.
Barke was an ancient Greek colony and later a Roman and a Byzantine city in North Africa. It was in the coastal area of what is today Libya. As a Greek city, it was part of the Cyrenaican Pentapolis along with the city of Cyrene itself.  The city’s name, Arabized as Barqah, came to refer to the former state and province of Cyrenaica


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