The Phaistos Silver Stater has been minted in Phaistos-Crete around 300-270 BC.
On the obverse side of the coin, giant Talos naked with his wings spread is standing, ready to throw a rock. Inscription reads: TALON in Greek fonts. On the reverse side of the coin a bull and the inscription PHAISTION in Greek fonts.
According the Greek mythology, Zeus in his efforts to attract beautiful Europa transformed himself into a white bull – so tamed that Europa climbed on his back. The bull with Europa on his back swam till the island of Crete.
Zeus depicted as a bull is a frequent representation on coins minted in Phaistos.
Talos, a winged giant made of bronze, was a gift of Zeus to Europa. His mission was to protect Europa and consequently Crete, while she was in Crete by throwing rocks against approaching ships.
This Phaistos Silver Stater has been minted in Phaistos-Crete around 320-300 BC. On the obverse of the coin, Hercules...