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Live auction - bgr_843815 - BEOTIA - THEBES Statère

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Estimate : 500 €
Price : 310 €
Maximum bid : 310 €
End of the sale : 09 July 2024 14:06:50
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Statère
Date: c. 425-400 AC.
Mint name / Town : Thèbes, Béotie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 22 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 11,37 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire centré à l’usure régulière. Joli revers, bien venu à la frappe. Patine grise
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Bouclier béotien.


Reverse description : Cratère (diota) ; dans le champ à droite, une grappe de raisin.
Reverse legend : Q-E.
Reverse translation : (Thèbes).


Au revers, il s’agit bien d’une grappe de raisin à peine visible. Ce type avec les deux premières lettres de l’ethnique serait frappé avant la chute d’Athènes.

Historical background


(404-387 BC)

Thebes was Athens' great rival. During the Peloponnesian War (431-404 AC.), she was an ally of Sparta. It dominated Greece, thanks to the strategist Epaminondas who, after the liberation of Thebes in 379 BC, successively triumphed over Sparta at Leuctra (371 AC.) and Corinth (369 AC.) before finding death at Mantinea (362 AC.). After this date, Philip II of Macedonia imposes his domination over Boeotia. Thebes was crushed in 338 BC at Chéronée where Alexander cut his teeth. The city is destroyed three years later.

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