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Live auction - bgr_741281 - BITHYNIA - KIOS Hemidrachme

BITHYNIA - KIOS Hemidrachme MS
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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

Bithynia - KIOS

(Fourth century BC)

Kios was a rich commercial city at the entrance to the Propontis, according to legend founded by the Argonauts. The mint does not begin until the second half of the fourth century BC It became part of the Kingdom of Thrace Lysimachus. The city was destroyed by Philip V of Macedon in 202 BC.

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