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Live auction - bgr_734585 - ATTICA - ATHENS Tétradrachme

ATTICA - ATHENS Tétradrachme AU
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Estimate : 850 €
Price : 470 €
Maximum bid : 790 €
End of the sale : 07 June 2022 14:18:56
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 430 AC.
Mint name / Town : Athènes
Metal : silver
Diameter : 23,5 mm
Orientation dies : 9 h.
Weight : 17,05 g.
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie idéalement centrée. Joli portrait d’Athéna ainsi qu’une chouette agréable, bien venue à la frappe. Patine grise
Catalogue references :


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 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.

Historical background


(5th century BC)

The fortune of Athens in the 5th century rests largely on the recovery of the treasury of the League of Delos which contained no less than five thousand talents of silver and which served to enrich and embellish Athens by oppressing the Allies. The Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC) put an end to Athenian hegemony. Pericles (449-429 BC) did not live long enough to witness the fall of the city. Thucydides immortalized this conflict in his work devoted to the Peloponnesian War, of which he was one of the actors before being himself ostracized, that is to say exiled.

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