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Live auction - bgr_412213 - THRACE - ABDERA Tétrobole AU

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Estimate : 450 €
Price : 320 €
Maximum bid : 320 €
End of the sale : 31 January 2017 14:04:00
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Tétrobole 
Date: c. 385-375 AC. 
Mint name / Town : Thrace, Abdère 
Metal : silver 
Diameter : 15,5  mm
Orientation dies : 3  h.
Weight : 2,84  g.
Rarity : R3 
Coments on the condition : Exemplaire sur un petit flan court, légèrement décentré au droit sur la tête du griffon. Joli revers. Belle patine de collection ancienne avec des reflets dorés 
Catalogue references : BMC.-  - SB.-  - GC.1546 (225£)  - Delepierre- 
Predigree : Cet exemplaire provient de MONNAIES 45, n° 36 
Historical background
Obverse description : Griffon bondissant à gauche dont les pattes arrière reposent sur une colonne ionique .
Obverse legend : ABD .
Obverse translation : (Abdère) .
Reverse description : Canthare, accosté d’une feuille de vigne dans le champ inférieur droit, dans un carré linéaire entouré de la légende ; le tout dans les restes d’un carré creux .
Reverse legend : IPOM/NH/MWN .
Reverse translation : (Ipomnémon) .
Mêmes coins que l’exemplaire de la collection Mac Lean de Cambridge, n° 4011 (May, pl. XX, n° 439).

Thrace - Abdera

(Ve - fourth century BC)

Abdera was founded in 656 before J. C-. on the south coast of Thrace, not far from the mouth of the Nestos (Herodotus I, 168) by settlers from Clazomenae (Ionia). The new city was abandoned and it was only in 543 before J. C-. a portion of the inhabitants of Teos (Ionia), fleeing the Persian yoke, came to settle permanently in Abdera. The city then was a great political and economic development. The choice of Griffon as monetary type Abdera has its metropolis Teos. The city served as the headquarters of Xerxes during the wars Greco-Persians. The city remained the main port under Persian rule until the victory of Cimon at the mouth of the Eurymedon in 465 before J. C-. She then went through a period of intense activity under the authority of the Athenian League Délio-which she joined in 454 before J. C-. The city was besieged and taken by Thrasybulus, the Athenian general in 410 or 408 before J. C-. Having regained freedom after the fall of Athens, it nevertheless had to call it in 377 before J. C-. when Triballi threatened its independence. This is Chabrias Athenian general who freed. From 350 before J. C-. She entered the Macedonian orbit and then lost its strategic and commercial importance.