Crete, Knosos Drachm 2nd to 1st century BC (before 67 BC)

Obv: Head of Zeus/Minos? facing left. Rev: Nude figure (Zeus/Minos) sitting on Labyrinth holding statue of Nike. Metal: Silver 3.5 grams, 19 mm diameter. Condition: EF with flat spots. Described in "Historia Numorum" on page 461. "Obverse bust of Apollo (not Zeus) Reverse: naked Zeus (Minos) holding Nike and scepter, sitting on a square labrynth (same as this coin).

History of Knosos

Knosos is a city on the Northern coast of Crete and the legendary city of King Minos and the Minotaur and the famous Labyrinth. Legend has it that the Minotaur a bull headed man lived in the maze of the labyrith and any person entering would get lost. Regular human sacrifices were made to the Minotaur. According to legend the people of Attica were required to send a human tribute of 7 young men and 7 young woman to Crete every 9 years. On the third tribute payment Theseus voluntered to be one of the group. He successfully killed the Minotaur and found his way out of Labyrith following a string path he had left. He returned to Attica with the young men and women and founded the city of Athens.