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Live auction - bgr_582288 - CYRENAICA - CYRENE Statère ou didrachme

CYRENAICA - CYRENE Statère ou didrachme XF
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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


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

Reverse


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


CYRENAICA - CYRENE

(IV - III century BC)

Cyrene, Cyrenaica port city was founded by Dorian colonists from the island of Thera around 630 BC They were headed Beaten, mythical ancestor of Battides who reigned two centuries Cyrene. The city was famous for the cultivation and harvesting of silphium, one of the most popular medicinal plants of antiquity, now defunct. The city, independent, was in the Egyptian orbit. When Alexander took Egypt in 332/331 BC, he signed a peace treaty with him Cyrene guaranteeing relative autonomy. After the death of the conqueror, the region fell under the domination Cyrene Lagide. In 322 BC, Cyrene appealed to Ptolemy to get rid of the tyrant Tibron. Satrap sent his Ophellas general who conquered the country, put the tyrant to death and settled as a strategist at Cyrene. Ophellas in turn was overthrown in 313 BC Ptolemy recovery Cyrene in 308 BC and installed his son Magas (308-277 AC). Magas entered revolt against Ptolemy II, his half brother between 277 and 261 BC After the death of Ptolemy Apion in 96 BC, Cyrenaica became a Roman province in 74 BC.

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