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Live auction - bgr_741281 - BITHYNIA - KIOS Hemidrachme

BITHYNIA - KIOS Hemidrachme MS
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Estimate : 980 €
Price : 820 €
Maximum bid : 980 €
End of the sale : 07 June 2022 14:21:23
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Hemidrachme
Date: c. 340-330 AC.
Mint name / Town : Kios, Bithynie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 14 mm
Orientation dies : 1 h.
Weight : 2,53 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire de qualité exceptionnelle sur un flan idéalement centré des deux côtés. C’est de loin le plus bel exemplaire que nous ayons présenté à la vente ! Revers finement détaillé. Patine grise de collection
Catalogue references :
BMC.- var. - GC.3757 var. - Aulock-  - B. traité2855  - Cop.  - RG.- p. 312, pl. XLIX - HGCS. 7/554


Obverse legend : KIA.
Obverse description : Tête laurée d’Apollon à droite, les cheveux longs tombant sur la nuque.
Obverse translation : (Kianon, de Cios).


Reverse description : Proue de galère à gauche décorée, timbrée d’une étoile.
Reverse legend : POSEI/DWNIOS.
Reverse translation : (Poseidonios).

Historical background


(4th century BC)

Kios was a rich commercial city at the entrance to the Propontis, founded according to legend by the Argonauts. Coinage would not begin before the second half of the 4th century BC. It was part of the Kingdom of Thrace under Lysimachus. The city was destroyed by Philip V of Macedon in 202 BC..

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