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Live auction - bgr_421516 - AIOLIS - LESBOS ISLAND - MYTILENE Hecté ou sixième de statère

AIOLIS - LESBOS ISLAND - MYTILENE Hecté ou sixième de statère AU
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Estimate : 950 €
Price : 550 €
Maximum bid : 560 €
End of the sale : 14 March 2017 14:15:56
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Hecté ou sixième de statère
Date: c. 390 AC.
Mint name / Town : Mytilène, Lesbos
Metal : electrum
Diameter : 10 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 2,54 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan épais, bien centré des deux côtés. Belle tête d’Athéna. Joli revers inhabituel. Patine de collection ancienne
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de MONNAIES 57, n° 149 et de la collection JMB


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête d’Athéna à droite, coiffée du casque attique à triple aigrette.


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Tête d’Artémis-Cybèle à droite diadémée à droite dans un carré linéaire.


Mêmes coins que l’exemplaire de la collection du Musée royal Danois de Copenhague (Cop. 318). La représentation féminine du revers est tout à fait inhabituelle. Le diadème est très important et peut être orné d’une palmette.

Historical background


(5th - 4th century BC)

The island of Lesbos is located opposite the western coast of Asia Minor, at the entrance to the Gulf of Adramyteion at the mouth of the Hellespont. Mytilene, located on the eastern part of the island facing the mainland, was the main city. Its important electrum coinage would begin at the end of the 6th century or in the first years of the 5th century BC. The standard used is the phocaic with a stater of approximately 16.32 g. This electrum coinage ceased after the arrival of Alexander the Great in Asia Minor around 330 BC..

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