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Live auction - bgr_356272 - ARCADIA - ARCADIAN LEAGUE Hémidrachme

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Estimate : 750 €
Price : 490 €
Maximum bid : 500 €
End of the sale : 30 June 2015 14:22:27
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Hémidrachme
Date: c. 450 - 440/430 AC.
Mint name / Town : Mantinée, Arcadie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 13,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 2,85 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale et irrégulier. Droit tout à fait inhabituel. Joli revers avec un début de cassure de coin. Belle patine de collection ancienne avec des reflets dorés
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la collection BCD et de la collection B. Odaert


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Zeus assis à gauche sur un trône sans dossier ; Zeus est nu jusqu’à la ceinture, le bras droit tendu au-dessus duquel un aigle prenant son envol à gauche.


Reverse description : Tête d’Artémis à droite, les cheveux longs, retenus par un krobylos avec un collier ; le tout dans un carré creux.
Reverse legend : A-R-K-A.


Poids léger. Début de cassure de coin perceptible au revers au niveau du cou d’Artémis au revers. Semble de même coin de revers que l’exemplaire de la collection BCD, Leu 96, n° 1462.

Historical background


(Fifth century BC)

Arcadia was enclosed in the Peloponnese. For more than a century of the sixth century to the late fifth century BC, the Héræens imposed their hegemony over the greater part of Arcadia and thus found the engine of the Arcadian League whose original mint have begun about 510 BC Their capital Lycosura, religious town was considered the world's oldest, founded by Lycaon, in honor of Zeus Lycaios. Heræens chaired the games that were held in the sanctuary of the Mount High School. Arcadia had entered the Spartan orbit around 470 BC The Héræens lost control of the League to 418 BC The Arcadian cities were emancipated Spartan guardianship after the Peace of Nicias in 421 BC But in fact, they will have to wait for the Theban Epaminondas intervention in Arcadia and the foundation of the new federal capital, Megalopolis in 371 BC The Arcadian hopes crumble ten years later at Mantinea where the Theban conqueror is death. Arcadia came under Macedonian domination after the unfortunate attack on the Spartan king Agis III was defeated by Antipater, regent of Alexander III in 331 BC.

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