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Live auction - bgr_356258 - ATTICA - ATHENS Tétradrachme

ATTICA - ATHENS Tétradrachme VF
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Estimate : 2 200 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 30 June 2015 14:19:27
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 515/510 - 490 AC.
Mint name / Town : Attique, Athènes
Metal : silver
Diameter : 21 mm
Orientation dies : 2 h.
Weight : 17,15 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan globulaire ovale et très irrégulier à l’usure très importante, mais parfaitement lisible et identifiable. Patine grise superficielle
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la vente Roma Numismatics, Eauction 10, n° 180 et de la collection B. Odaert


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête d'Athéna à droite, coiffée du casque attique à cimier, avec collier et boucles d'oreille.


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 : [A]QE.


Tétradrachme globulaire.

Historical background


(510-490 BC)

The sixth century Athenian was marked by the domination of Pisistratus and his son Hippias and Hipparchus (561-510 BC). The eviction of the last son of Pisistratus in 510 BC allowed the establishment of a democratic regime. The birth of democracy was accompanied by the introduction of a new monetary guy with head of Athena and the owl. "Owls" Athens would quickly dominate the Greek world in the fifth century birth. Indeed Athens will become the champion of the fight against the enemy Persian from the Ionian revolt in 494 BC Darius, Xerxes then will the implacable enemies of the Greeks and Athenians in particular. The first confrontation took place at Marathon in 490 BC The Athenians emerge stronger from this first round and acquire a status of "leader" of the Greek world. While the war resumed, the fact that Athens is ravaged by the Persian army, yet gives more value to the naval victory of Salamis who sees the triumph of "David against Goliath". Fifth century can start and will allow Athens to shine on the Greek world.

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