Coins from Crete
Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, and forms a significant part of the cultural heritage of Greece.

After the Bronze Age collapse, Crete was settled by new waves of Greeks from the mainland. A number of city states developed in the Archaic period. In the late 4th century BC, the aristocratic order began to collapse due to endemic infighting among the elite, and Crete's economy was weakened by prolongued wars between city states.

In 69 BC, Crete was conquered by the Roman Republic, mainly to prevent Ptolemaic expansion.
An AE unit struck 250-67 BC in Aptera (Crete)
Obverse: laureate head of Apollo right

Reverse: lyre; A_Π

Diameter: 10.5 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 1.3 g
No notes for this coin
Svoronos, Numismatique 42; SNG Copenhagen 336; Traeger 11; Lindgren Coll. II 1708
An AE unit struck 37-41 AD in Cnossus
Obverse: C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS, Bare head of Caligula facing right

Reverse: GER CAESAR PVLCHRO III VARIO IIVIR, Bare head of Germanicus facing right

Diameter: 22 mm
Die Orientation: 12 H
Weight: 6.67 g
Pulcher III Varius IIviri
RPC I 994
(3) Gortyna
An AE unit struck 250-221BC in Gortyna
Obverse: Europa seated right in tree, lifting drapery; eagle standing to left.

Reverse: Europa seated right on bull running left, lifting her drapery; all within wreath

Diameter: 16 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 5.8 g
No notes for this coin
Jackson pl. 12, 2; Svoronos, Numismatique 109; Joy 466; SNG Copenhagen 447; BMC 45
(4) Kydonia
An AE unit struck c. 200-63 BC in Kydonia
Obverse: owl right; A _ I

Reverse: star in crescent; K_Y / ΛY

Diameter: 12.5 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 2.3 g
No notes for this coin
Svoronos 80 ff.