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Live auction - bgr_340755 - CYPRUS - SALAMINA - PNYTHAGORAS Tetrobole

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Estimate : 850 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 03 December 2014 14:27:45
Type : Tetrobole
Date: c. 351-332 AC.
Mint name / Town : Salamine, Chypre
Metal : silver
Diameter : 12,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 2,27 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan de qualité exceptionnelle pour ce type de monnayage. Très beaux portraits. Jolie patine de collection ancienne
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de MONNAIES 34, n° 256


Obverse description : Tête d’Aphrodite diadémée à gauche, les cheveux longs, tombant sur la nuque.
Obverse legend : G[N].


Reverse description : Tête d’Artémis à droite, les cheveux relevés avec boucle d’oreille et collier.
Reverse legend : BA.


Sur cet exemplaire, les lettres au droit et au revers sont bien visibles. C’est une sorte de rébus : la légende débute au revers avec BA pour Basileos et ensuite GN pour Pnythagoras.

Historical background


(351-332 BC)

In 351, a revolt broke out in Cyprus against the authority of Artaxerxes III Ochus (359-338 AC).. Evagoras of Salamis II was ousted and replaced by Pnytagoras (351-332 AC).. Evagoras II fled to Asia Minor, in Caria, with Idreius satrap of Caria. Artaxerxes III ordered the formation of a fleet and an army to reclaim Cyprus. Phocion, head of the fleet, and Evagoras II forty ships and eight thousand Greek mercenaries landed in Cyprus and laid siege to Salamis. Evagoras failed, had to abandon definitively return to Cyprus and Caria. To compensate, Artaxexès III gave him Sidon in Phoenicia. Pnythagoras kept the favor of the Great King and the vassal remained until the arrival of Alexander III the Great.

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