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Live auction - bgr_511578 - THE ARGOLID - ARGOS Tétradrachme

THE ARGOLID - ARGOS Tétradrachme AU
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bgr_511578
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Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 190 AC.
Mint name / Town : Argos, Argolide
Metal : silver
Diameter : 30 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 16,71 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan large bien centré des deux côtés avec le grènetis visible au droit. Frappe un peu molle sur la tête d’Héraklès. Joli revers de style fin, bien venu à la frappe. Belle patine grise superficielle
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la collection B. Odaert

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête d'Héraklès à droite, coiffée de la léonté.

Reverse


Reverse description : Zeus aétophore, les jambes croisées, assis à gauche sur un trône sans dossier, nu jusqu'à la ceinture, tenant un aigle posé sur sa main droite et un long sceptre bouleté de la gauche ; dans le champ à gauche, un harpon pointé en haut ; monogramme sous le trône.
Reverse legend : ALEXANDROU/ (FA)// (ANTI).

Commentary


Même coin de droit que l’exemplaire du British Museum (MP. 737, pl. XXXVIII). Seule une partie du monogramme est visible à l’exergue de notre pièce. Ce type semble plus rare que ne le laissent supposer les ouvrages généraux. C’est la première fois que nous le proposons à la vente.

Historical background


ARGOLIS - ARGOS

(III - II century BC)

Coining the name and type of Alexander III the Great

Argos according to mythology was one of the principal cities of the kingdom of Agamemnon with Mycenae. Argos, very soon found himself the capital amphictyony Dorian. Phidion Argos is described as one of the creators of the currency of Aegina. The city of Argos vowed a particular cult solar which the wolf is a symbol of Apollo and the Argives chose for their currencies whose production began in the early fifth century BC the Argives s' opposed the Lacedaemonians. They remained neutral during the Persian invasion of Xerxes in 480 BC they captured Mycenae in 468 BC Neutral beginning of the Peloponnesian War, Argos joined the Athenian alliance after Peace of Nicias in 421 BC Argos was defeated at Mantinea in 418 BC and again undergoes the Spartan yoke. In 362, Argos allied to the Thebans, always against Sparta before falling under the protection of Philip II of Macedonia. After the death of Alexander and Lamian War 322 BC, Argos entered the Achaean League in 280 BC The league was dissolved in 146 BC after taking Corinth by the Romans.

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