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Live auction - bgr_687640 - ATTICA - ATHENS Tétradrachme

ATTICA - ATHENS Tétradrachme MS/MS
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Estimate : 6 000 €
Price : 4 200 €
Maximum bid : 4 500 €
End of the sale : 07 September 2021 14:23:03
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 465-460 AC.
Mint name / Town : Athènes, Attique
Metal : silver
Diameter : 25,5 mm
Orientation dies : 10 h.
Weight : 17,13 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire de qualité exceptionnelle sur un flan idéalement centré des deux côtés. Revers de toute beauté avec une petite chouette finement détaillée. Patine grise de collection
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête d'Athéna à droite, coiffée du casque attique à cimier, orné de trois feuilles d'olivier et d'une palmette avec collier et boucles d'oreilles.

Reverse


Reverse description : Chouette debout à droite, la tête de face ; derrière, une branche d'olivier et un croissant ; le tout dans les restes d'un carré creux.
Reverse legend : AQE.
Reverse translation : (Athènes).

Commentary


Cet exemplaire est de style archaïque. La tête d’Athéna est allongée, le sourire figé, les feuilles du casque, petites, le rinceau est schématique. Le carré creux est fortement marqué au revers. La chouette est petite et ramassée.

Historical background


ATHENS - ATHENS

(Fifth century BC)

Capital of Athens in the fifth century is largely based on the recovery of the treasure of the Delian League, which contained no less than five thousand talents of silver, and which served to enrich and beautify Athens oppressing the Allies. The Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC) ended the Athenian hegemony. Pericles (449-429 BC) did not live long enough to witness the fall of the city. Thucydides has immortalized the conflict in his book on the Peloponnesian War he was one of the players before himself ostracized, that is to say exile.

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