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Live auction - bgr_417142 - CARIA - KNIDOS Drachme

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Estimate : 2 200 €
Price : 1 450 €
Maximum bid : 1 450 €
End of the sale : 14 March 2017 14:18:59
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Drachme
Date: c. 465-449 AC.
Mint name / Town : Carie, Cnide
Metal : silver
Diameter : 17 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 6,21 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale, bien centré des deux côtés avec une usure superficielle. Beau protomé de lion. Portrait expressif d’Aphrodite, bien venu à la frappe. Jolie patine grise avec des reflets mordorés
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la collection A. A. S. et de MONNAIES 47, N° 114 (vendu 1.100€+frais avec trois offres)


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Protomé de lion à droite, la gueule ouverte, la langue pendante.


Reverse description : Tête laurée d’Aphrodite à droite, les cheveux longs ; le tout dans un carré creux.
Reverse legend : K-N/I.
Reverse translation : (de Cnide).


Mêmes coins que les exemplaires du musée de Copenhague (SNG. Cop. n° 242) et de la collection Jameson (n° 1533) passée ultérieurement dans la collection Niggeler I, n° 404. Le portrait d’Aphrodite, au revers, est d’une beauté exemplaire, protégé par le carré creux que soulignent et renforcent les traits archaïques de la déesse de la Beauté.

Historical background


(6th - 5th century BC)

Knidos was a very old city, a great economic, political and cultural centre. In 476 BC it entered the Attico-Delian league and remained there until 412 BC, after the Athenian defeat in Sicily. The coinage of Cnidus seems to resume at the beginning of the 4th century. It was off Cnidus, in 394 BC, that the Athenian Conon, aided by the satrap Pharnabazus, won a great naval victory over Lysander's Spartan fleet. Aphrodite, who was worshiped at Cnidus, is believed to have inspired Conon. Around 350 BC, Praxiteles executed at the request of the Cnidians a statue of Aphrodite which appears on the coinage until the Hellenistic period, more precisely until the battle of Magnesia in 189 BC..

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