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Europa & the Bull Ring
Authentic silver coin dating 45 B.C. set in 18K yellow gold.
Handmade in Rome.
The story of Europa and Cadmus is found in Greek mythology. They were the children of the king of a land called Phoenicia, which is modern day Lebanon. The God Zeus fell in love with Europa and wanted to take her away from her family to live with him. One day while Europa was wandering amongst her father’s herds of cattle she saw a white bull. She was not aware that Zeus had turned himself into the bull in order to trick her. After she climbed on his back he quickly jumped into the sea and carried her away from her homeland. Europa’s father was heartbroken and sent her brother Cadmus to find her and bring her home. Cadmus sailed over the sea and eventually arrived in Greece. He never did find his sister but it was Cadmus who brought the alphabet to the Greeks. The continent of Europe got its name from the princess Europa.
- Ancient silver coin
- 18K Yellow Gold
- Made in Italy
- This piece is provided with a certificate of authenticity.
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Depicted on the Coin
Obverse: Europa riding bull right, holding her veil which billows out above; L·VALERIV[S].
Reverse: Diademed head of Apollo Soranus right surmounted by star; pickax (acisculus); ACIS[CVLV]S behind.
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