Cyprus 50-CENTS (KM66)
Cyprus 50-CENTS (KM66)

Cyprus 50-CENTS (KM66) Zeus as a Bull

Cyprus' heptagon 50-cent coin features the abduction of Europa by Zeus, who appears here as a white bull.

Europa was a high-born Phoenician woman (who ultimately lent her name to Europe) and Zeus wanted her. He changed into the white bull and mixed in with Europa's father's herd. When Europa noticed him, she caressed his flank, then got on his back. Zeus took that as a "yes" and absconded off with her to the island of Crete, where she became the island's first queen.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 26.1 mm
  • Composition: Copper-Nickel
  • CAT#: KM66

Obverse Legend

CYPRUS · ΚΥΠΡΟΣ · KIBRIS

Reverse Legend

50

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