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bgr_837143 - ELIS - ELIA (OLYMPIA) Drachme

ELIS - ELIA (OLYMPIA) Drachme XF
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Item sold on our e-shop (2023)
Price : 500.00 €
Type : Drachme
Date: c. 245/240 - 210 AC.
Mint name / Town : Élide, Elis, Olympie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 18 mm
Orientation dies : 2 h.
Weight : 4,75 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée. Joli revers. Usure régulière. Patine grise
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Aigle volant à droite, tenant un lièvre dans ses serres.

Reverse


Reverse legend : F - A.
Reverse description : Foudre ailé, richement décoré.

Historical background


ELIS - ELIA (OLYMPIA)

(IV - III century BC)

Philip II of Macedon posed as protector and champion of the sanctuary. He won the prize in the horse race in 356 BC, the day Alexander was born. Its coinage features Zeus and a horseman recalling his victory. After Alexander, the Games retained great prestige, but the city lost its strategic importance. The Olympic Games were suppressed by Theodosius I in 393 (293rd Olympiad).

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