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Live auction - bgr_612949 - DANUBIAN CELTS - IMITATIONS OF THE TETRADRACHMS OF ALEXANDER III AND HIS SUCCESSORS Tetradrachme,

DANUBIAN CELTS - IMITATIONS OF THE TETRADRACHMS OF ALEXANDER III AND HIS SUCCESSORS Tetradrachme, AU
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Type : Tetradrachme,
Date: c. IIIe siècle AC.
Mint name / Town : Atelier indéterminé
Metal : silver
Diameter : 26,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 16,37 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Très belle imitation sur un flan bien centré des deux côtés. Superbe portrait stylisé ainsi qu’un magnifique revers. Patine grise de collection avec des reflets dorés
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête stylisée d’Héraklès à droite, coiffée de la léonté ; grènetis perlé circulaire.

Reverse


Reverse legend : RESTES DE LÉGENDE, FORMÉ DE LETTRES PERLÉES.
Reverse description : Zeus assis à gauche sur un trône à dossier, tenant un aigle de la main droite et un sceptre long de la main gauche ; monogrammes dans le champ à gauche, une lettre sous le trône.
Reverse legend : BIASILEWS/ FILIPPOU.
Reverse translation : (du roi Philippe).

Commentary


Imitation précoce du type de Philippe III avec une épigraphie encore reconnaissable. Ce type n’est pas repris comme prototype dans l’ouvrage de Martin Price consacré au monnayage d’Alexandre III le Grand et de Philippe III Arrhidée.

Historical background


CELTIC DANUBE - IMITATIONS tetradrachms ALEXANDER III AND ITS SUCCESSORS

(Second - first century BC)

Under this heading are generally grouped all mints that do not have precise attribution. Sometimes the term "Celts of the East" is proposed. After the Celts have plundered Delphi and are widespread in Greece and Asia Minor, they seized a large quantity of booty, with their plunder. Hellenistic kings Diadoques Epigoni or used them as mercenaries in armies where the average wage was normally a gold stater corresponding to five penthouses tetradrachmas or twenty Attic drachmas. Prototypes representing the head of Herakles with Zeus sitting on the back were widely copied and imitated throughout Pontus, northern Macedonia and Thrace. The final phase of counterfeiting occurs at the end of the second century or early first century BC where there are still traits of law and reverse legends and more than a rounded side of a room substantially smooth on both sides.

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