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Live auction - bgr_693748 - CARIA - ALABANDA Tétradrachme

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Type : Tétradrachme
Date: an 5
Mint name / Town : Alabanda, Carie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 30 mm
Orientation dies : 1 h.
Weight : 16,08 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Flan large, centré. Très joli portrait d’Héraklès. Revers agréable à l’usure régulière. Patine grise
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête d'Héraklès à droite, coiffé de la léonté.


Reverse description : Zeus aétophore assis à gauche sur un siège sans dossier, nu jusqu'à la ceinture, les jambes croisées, tenant un aigle de la main droite étendue et un sceptre long de la main gauche ; dans le champ à gauche, Pégase prenant son envol.
Reverse legend : ALEXANDROU/ E.
Reverse translation : (D’Alexandre).

Historical background


(2nd century BC)

Coinage in the name of Alexander III the Great type

Alabanda of Caria was placed on the Marsyas river which then flowed into the Meander about thirty kilometers away. Its inhabitants were renowned for their dissolute morals. During the war against Philip V of Macedon, Alabanda would have allied with Rome. After 197 BC, falling into the hands of Antiochus III the Great (223-187 AC), the city changed its name to Antioch of Caria. After the defeat of Magnesia in 189 BC and the Peace of Apamea the following year, the city regained its independence and its name. It is at this time that the coinage in the name of Alexander would have begun. In 168-167, the cities of the provinces of Caria and Lycia were declared free by the Senate of Rome to thank them for the help given in the fight against the king of Macedonia, Perseus.

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