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Live auction - bgr_738592 - CRETE - ITANOS Hemidrachme

CRETE - ITANOS Hemidrachme AU/MS
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Estimate : 700 €
Price : 720 €
Maximum bid : 800 €
End of the sale : 07 June 2022 14:20:53
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Hemidrachme
Date: c. 320-270 AC.
Mint name / Town : Itanos
Metal : silver
Diameter : 15 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 3,37 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Superbe exemplaire, idéalement centré. Magnifique revers, finement détaillé. Patine grise de collection
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête d’Athéna à gauche coiffée du casque attique à triple aigrette décoré.


Reverse description : Aigle debout à gauche, tournant la tête à droite ; derrière dans le champ à droite, Triton nageant à gauche, tenant un trident.
Reverse legend : ITANIWN.
Reverse translation : (des itaniens).


Ce type semble beaucoup plus rare que ne le laissent paraître les ouvrages généraux.

Historical background


(4th - 3rd century BC)

Itanos was located at the eastern tip of the island of Crete. It is mentioned by Herodotus (IV, 151) and Ptolemy (III, 17, 4) near the cape that bears its name (now Plaka). The city seems to have played a role between the beginning of the 4th century and the second half of the 3rd century. She found herself confronted with the other cities of Crete, in particular Praisos and Hierypytna. The city had the great temple of Zeus Diktaios.

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