101789 | SPAIN. Dama de Elche/Institute of the Spains bronze Medal.

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    101789  |  SPAIN. Dama de Elche/Institute of the Spains bronze Medal. Issued 1925. Commemorating the discovery of the famous limestone bust (51mm, 76.64 g, 12h). By I. Smith for the Medallic Art Co.

     

    SANGRE DE HISPANIA FECUNDA (the blood of Spain discovered), conquistador standing slight right, holding model ship; in background to left, view of the world focused upon the western hemisphere; scroll below / INSTITUTO DE LAS - ESPAÑAS, view of the Dama de Elche facing slightly right; scroll below. Edge: MEDALLIC ART CO. N.Y. BRONZE.

     

    Gem Mint State. Alluring bronze surfaces.

     

    Discovered in Valencia in 1897, the limestone bust known as the Dama de Elche dates to the 4th century B.C.E. and features a woman that blends aspects of Hellenistic, Punic-Iberian, and Celtiberian cultures, and likely draws its symbolism from the goddess Tanit, heavily worshiped in North Africa and Southern Iberia.

     

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