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Live auction - bgr_544165 - ATTICA - ATHENS Tétradrachme

ATTICA - ATHENS Tétradrachme AU/AU
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Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 440-430 AC.
Mint name / Town : Athènes, Attique
Metal : silver
Diameter : 26 mm
Orientation dies : 10 h.
Weight : 17,17 g.
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan large et ovale bien centré sur la tête d’Athéna au droit. Joli revers de style fin. Belle patine grise superficielle avec des reflets dorés
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 présente encore des stigmates archaïsant : la forme de l’œil, les lèvres, le nez au droit, les yeux, le point au-dessus des yeux, les serres de la chouette au revers. Le carré creux est assez fortement marqué. L’exemplaire de MONNAIES 34, n° 164 s’est vendu 2.750€ avec quatre offres.

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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