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590302
Sale: Triton V, Lot: 302. Estimate $500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $775. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

MACEDON, Uranopolis . Circa 300 BC. Æ 16mm (3.51 gm). Eight pointed star / OURANIDW-[P]OLEWS, Aphrodite Urania seated left on globe, holding sceptre in right hand. SNG ANS 914ff; BMC Macedonia pg. 134, 2ff; SNG Copenhagen 455ff; Laffaille -. Superb EF, dark greenish brown patina. Exceptional for this issue. ($500)

The name of this city and types depicted on this coin refer to Uranos, the divine personification of the sky and scarcely known in cult. From Hesiod (Theogony 126ff.) we know he was produced by Gaia, became her consort, but hating her children he caused them to remain confined within her. Gaia in revenge instigated his castration by their son Cronos and cast his severed genitals into the sea which engendered Aphrodite.