My Coin Collection - mainly Cretan coins...

Under construction...

Crete had numerous Mints in ancient times, and the Romans also struck some special issues for Crete...
Later the Venetians struck coins on Crete...I know Arabs struck coins, and possibly the Turks,
but, so far, I never came across any of the Islamic coins from Crete - they are probably extremely rare...
In modern times Crete issued their own coins in 1900 and 1901...they were equivalent with the Greek coins
from that time...


Collecting Cretan coins...I lived on Crete for longer periods in the 1990's - 
I love 2nd. hand shops, and one day I bought my first Cretan coin from 'Monastiraki'...it was the 
5 Drachmai silver 'crown' from 1901...Back home in Denmark, I discovered,
that coins from Crete were virtually unknown...Like all coins from the Greek isles,
they were produced in very small quantities and are all rare coins...so forgeries
are existing - I show a couple of samples of fake coins at the bottom of this page...

1900

1 Lepton 1900
This coin is very hard to find...It is said that the monks of Athos 'bought' most of the coins struck
for speculation purpose - it would have cost them app. 2893 Drachmai if they bought them all...
The metal is 95% copper, 4% tin and 1% zinc

Diameter: 15mm
Weight: 1 gram
289283 coins were struck at the Paris Mint




2 Lepta 1900
The metal is 95% copper, 4% tin and 1% zinc

Diameter: 20mm
Weight: 2 grams
793079 coins were struck at the Paris Mint



5 Lepta 1900

The metal is 75% copper and 25%
nickel

Diameter: 17mm
Weight: 5 grams
4 million coins were struck at the Paris Mint



10 Lepta 1900

The metal is 75% copper and 25%
nickel

- A very rare 'medalstrike' variety of this denomination exists...
....And now I've found it...and bought it... :-) please scroll to see it...

Diameter: 19mm
Weight: 5 grams
2 million coins were struck at the Paris Mint


The rare 10 Lepta medalstrike variety...this coin is well worn, but still very, very rare...




20 Lepta 1900
The metal is 75% copper and 25%
nickel

Diameter: 21mm
Weight: 4 grams
1.250.000 coins were struck at the Paris Mint




1901


1 Lepton 1901
The metal is 95% copper, 4% tin and 1% zinc
- still a rare coin, but the 1900 issue is considerably rarer...

Diameter: 15mm
Weight: 1 gram
1.710.717 coins were struck at the Paris Mint



2 Lepta 1901
This is by far the rarest of the 2 Lepta coins...

The metal is 95% copper, 4% tin and 1% zinc

Diameter: 20mm
Weight: 2 grams
706922 coins were struck at the Paris Mint



50 Lepta 1901
The metal is
835 silver

Diameter: 18mm
Weight: 2.5 grams
600000 coins were struck at the Paris Mint



1 Drachmi 1901
The metal is 835 silver

Diameter: 23mm
Weight: 5 grams
500000 coins were struck at the Paris Mint



2 Drachmai 1901
The metal is 835 silver
This is the rarest of the modern Cretan silver coins

Diameter: 27mm
Weight: 10 grams
175000 coins were struck at the Paris Mint



5 Drachmai 1901
The metal is 900 silver

Diameter: 37mm
Weight: 25 grams
150000 coins were struck at the Paris Mint




2 ancient coins of Crete...

 Aptera c.250-67 BC. Bronze 10mm  1.36 gm 
Head of Artemis 
R: Strung bow
/arrowhead 

 Polyrhenion c.330-280 BC. 10mm 1.20g 
 Round shield - bull's head facing R: Spear point.




And 3 Roman coins of Crete...

Hadrian 117-138 A.D..
Left photos: 15mm 3.14g Obv: High relief bust of Hadrian (r)ADRIANOC, Rev: Altar between K-K 
Right photos: 17.1mm 3.28g Obv: AUTOK ADRIANOC, laureate head right, Rev: K - K, basket containing poppy-head and two grain-ears

K-K is an abbreviation for
KOINON KRHTWN (Koinon Kriton)


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - March 7. 161 A.D
16.3mm 3.274g Obv: AY ANTWNEINOC, laureate head right, Rev: K - K, lighted and garlanded altar




The Venetians ruled Crete - they called it Candia - from 1205 until 1669
- the next two coins were struck by Venice for Candia and introduced January 15. - 1611
A third denomination of 60 Tornesi/4 Soldi is the high denomination...I don't have it...yet!


Here is a lovely 10 Tornesi/2 Soldini coin issued by the Venetians...
The weight is 5.9g and the diameter is 26mm
The back is rotated approximately 80 degrees



This is the smaller denomination for the coins struck by Venice for Candia (Crete)
It is 4 Tornesi/Soldino coin...it is quite scarce. It weighs 2.15g and the diameter is 21mm
The back is rotated approximately 45 degrees



Venice, Italy 2 soldi (One Gazetta) issued for Crete 1640-1665 (according to vendor) - the following is the description
of a similar coin: Issued according to law of September 12.-1565. Anonymous. Obverse/ SANCTVS MARCVS VENETVS; Lion of S. Marco with the leg on the open Gospel
Reverse/ DILIGITE IVSTITIAM. You love the Justice, the justice sat among two lions holds in the right a sword and in the left a balance...additional infos are welcome!
The metal is silver (I think!), the diameter is 16mm, and it weighs 0.6gram and it is app. 90 degrees rotated...




NB! - These following coins are all forgeries...







This page was made by JOB on December 27-28. - 2011