The Coins and the Cult

The Coins and the Cult

Buttrey, T.V.

Expedition, Volume 34, Nos. 1-2 (1992)


For centuries the Sanctuary of Demeter and Persephone at Cyrene attracted the attendance of the faithful whose dedications included coined money. The Numismatic evidence is virtually continuous from the late 6th century B.C. to the middle of the 4th century A.D. and is scattered throughout the site. Thus we might expect the finds to provide a good survey of the small change used in Cyrene for almost a millennium. But contrary to all expectations, the finds from the Sanctuary included over a hundred silver coins and even four of gold, quite abnormal for an excavation that produced no hoards.

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