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ATTICA - ATHENS Tétradrachme AU
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Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 350 - 323/294 AC.
Mint name / Town : Athènes, Attique
Metal : silver
Diameter : 21,5 mm
Orientation dies : 8 h.
Weight : 17,27 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Superbe exemplaire sur un flan idéalement centré des deux côtés. Revers finement détaillé, bien venu à la frappe. Joli portrait d’Athéna. Patine grise


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête d'Athéna à droite, l'œil vu de profil, coiffée du casque attique à cimier, orné de trois feuilles d'olivier et d'une palmette avec un collier et boucle d'oreille.


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


Ce tétradrachme appartient bien aux émissions du IVe siècle avant J.-C. avec le traitement de la décoration du casque en fome de Pi stylisé, peu visible sur notre exemplaire, cf. C. Flament, Le monnayage d’Athènes, de l’époque archaïque à l’époque hellénistique (c. 550 - c. 40 av. J.-C.), Louvain-la-Neuve, 2007, p. 125-127.

Historical background


(393-323 BC)

After the fall of Athens in 404 BC and the establishment of the oligarchy of the Thirty Tyrants in the Spartan hegemony, the city lost its maritime empire, saw its fleet and confiscated the Long Walls dismantled. Democracy is restored the following year, but Athens is folded on itself. Socrates is forced to absorb the hemlock (399 AC.). Athens takes his place with Conon. It relies primarily on the Persians, then allied with Sparta against Thebes (378 AC.). A new maritime confederation was formed the following year. The Spartans fought to Naxos (376 AC.). Athens sign peace with Sparta and turns against Thebes. From 357 BC, it faces a revolt of his allies and the rise of Philip II of Macedonia, after the Amphipolis. The Athenians were finally defeated at Chaeronea in 338 BC before falling under the Macedonian domination.

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