Cypriot limestone heads from statues of worshipers erected in the Temple of Apollo at Idalion, Cyprus. Both wear wreaths of laurel and ivy and date to the 3rd Century BC. The style derives from Ptolemaic prototypes, as Cyprus was part of the Ptolemaic kingdom during this time. The British Museum, London. Photo Credit: Clio Ancient Art and Antiquities

Silver stater from Salamis, Cyprus, c. 445-411 BC,

This extremely rare coin minted under an uncertain king shows a recumbent ram with a pellet-in-crescent above, “Euelthon” in Cypriot around. The reverse shows a large ornate ankh enclosing Cypriot letter ku; Cypriot letters ko and ru flanking, floral ornaments in corners; all within incuse square.

Salamis was an ancient Greek city-state on the east coast of Cyprus, at the mouth of the river Pedieos, about 4 miles north of modern Famagusta. According to tradition the founder of Salamis was Teucer, son of Telamon, who could not return home after the Trojan war because he had failed to avenge his brother Ajax.

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