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Live auction - bgr_567544 - ELIS - ELIA (OLYMPIA) Drachme

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Type : Drachme
Date: c. 245/240 - 210 AC.
Mint name / Town : Élide, Elis, Olympie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 18,5 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 4,59 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan idéalement centré. Joli revers, bien détaillé. Agréable représentation du droit à l’usure régulière. Patine grise avec des reflets bleutés et dorés
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Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant du stock d’Alain Weil (1981)


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


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

Historical background

Elis - Elis (OLYMPIA)

(IV - III century BC)

Philip II of Macedon posed as protector and champion of the sanctuary. He won the prize in horse racing in 356 BC, the date of birth of Alexander. Figure Zeus on his coinage and rider 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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