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Live auction - bgr_582288 - CYRENAICA - CYRENE Statère ou didrachme

CYRENAICA - CYRENE Statère ou didrachme XF
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Estimate : 750 €
Price : 720 €
Maximum bid : 1 000 €
End of the sale : 16 June 2020 14:24:46
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Statère ou didrachme
Date: c. 308-277 AC.
Mint name / Town : Cyrène, Cyrénaïque
Metal : silver
Diameter : 21,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 7,37 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie légèrement décentrée au droit, bien centrée au revers présentant quelques faiblesses. Joli revers. Usure régulière. Patine grise
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête cornue imberbe de Karneios à gauche.


Reverse description : Plant de silphium vu de face ; dans le champ à droite un serpent et à gauche un monogramme.
Reverse legend : KU-RA/ .
Reverse translation : (Cyrène).

Historical background


(4th - 3rd century BC)

Cyrene, a port city located in Cyrenaica was founded by Dorian settlers from the island of Thera around 630 BC.. -VS. They had at their head Battus, mythical ancestor of the Battids who reigned two centuries over Cyrene. The city was famous for the cultivation and harvesting of silphium, one of the most sought after medicinal plants of antiquity, now extinct. The city, independent, was in the Egyptian orbit. When Alexander captured Egypt in 332/331 BC. -VS. , he signed a peace treaty with Cyrene guaranteeing him relative autonomy. After the death of the conqueror, the region of Cyrene fell under Lagide rule. In 322 BC. -VS. , the Cyreneans appealed to Ptolemy to rid them of the tyrant Tibron. The satrap sent his general Ophellas who conquered the country, put the tyrant to death and installed himself as a strategist in Cyrene. Ophellas was in turn overthrown in 313 BC.. -VS. Ptolemy recovered Cyrene in 308 BC. -VS. and settled there his son-in-law Magas (308-277 AC. ) Magas went into revolt against Ptolemy II, his half-brother between 277 and 261 BC. -VS. After the death of Ptolemy Apion in 96 BC. -C, Cyrenaica became a Roman province in 74 BC. -VS.

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