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Live auction - bgr_687005 - BRUTTIUM - REGGIO Drachme

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Type : Drachme
Date: c. 494/493 - 480 AC.
Mint name / Town : Rhégium
Metal : silver
Diameter : 27 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 5,62 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan bien centré à l’usure régulière. Belle tête de lion. Revers inhabituel. Patine de collection ancienne


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête de lion vu de face.


Reverse description : Tête de Veau à droite.
Reverse translation : (de Rhegion/ Rhegium).


Cette drachme d’étalon euboïco-chalcidique est la division du tiers du tétradrachme. Ce type semble beaucoup plus rare que ne le laissent supposer les ouvrages généraux. C’est la première fois que nous proposons un exemplaire à la vente.

Historical background

BRUTTIUM - Rhegium

(Fifth century BC)

Rhegium (Rhegion), the last city of the Italian boot on the mainland, located on the Strait of Messina in front of Sicily, was founded around 720 BC by settlers chalcidoid. Anaxilas, tyrant of Rhegium, welcomed many of Asia Minor Greeks who fled the Persian danger 494 BC With the help of its new settlers, he conquered Zancle which was renamed Messina, occupied by many Messenians. Anaxilas won a victory at the Olympics in 480 BC and introduced a chariot mule on the coinage of Rhegium and Messina before expanding to the greater part of Sicily. The son of the tyrant was expelled in 476 BC Democracy was established in 461 BC, and this date marks the beginning of coinage with the founder of the city, Iokaste hero. The city was destroyed in 387 BC by Dionysius of Syracuse.

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