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Live auction - bgr_756205 - CYRENAICA - CYRENE Tétradrachme

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Estimate : 9 500 €
Price : 13 640 €
Maximum bid : 15 000 €
End of the sale : 07 March 2023 14:25:47
bidders : 5 bidders
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 485-475 AC.
Mint name / Town : Cyrène, Cyrénaïque
Metal : silver
Diameter : 23 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 16,91 g.
Rarity : R3
slab NGC
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée présentant un très joli revers. Usure régulière. Patine grise de collection
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Exemplaire sous coque NGC Ch VF (Strike 4/5, Surface 2/5)


Obverse description : Plant de silphium vu de face, surmonté de deux feuilles.


Reverse description : Fruit de silphium entouré de deux dauphins dans un carré creux ; globules dans les coins.


Dans le trésor d’Asyt (Égypte, Delta) qui aurait contenu environ 900 pièces dispersées avec 70 ateliers différents dont l’enfouissement est fixé vers 475 avant J.-C. (TPQ) comprenait 42 pièces de Cyrénaïque dont dix-huit statères de Cyrène et trois tétradrachmes de notre type avec les dauphins de le même sens n° 833-835. Semble de mêmes coins que les exemplaires n° 833 et 834, pl. XXXI du trésor d’Asyt.

Historical background


(Sixth - fifth centuries 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. She did not fall under Persian domination. The city, after the death of Arcesilaus IV, the last descendant of Battides Cyrene became a democracy in the middle of the fifth century BC.

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