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bgr_493969 - AIOLIS - LESBOS ISLAND - MYTILENE Hecté

AIOLIS - LESBOS ISLAND - MYTILENE Hecté VF
850.00 €(Approx. 935.00$ | 748.00£)
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Type : Hecté
Date: c. 451 AC.
Mint name / Town : Mytilène, Éolide
Metal : electrum
Diameter : 11 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 2,49 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan bien centré des deux côtés à l’usure régulière. Belle tête au droit. Joli revers. Patine de collection

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête masculine barbue à droite, coiffée de la tainia.

Reverse


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Deux têtes de béliers affrontés surmonté d’un motif central dans un carré creux .

Commentary


Sixième de statère en électrum. Semble de même coin que l’exemplaire de la collection McClean (n° 7969) Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge).

Historical background


Aeolis - Lesbos - MYTILENE

(Ve - fourth century BC)

The island of Lesbos is located opposite the western coast of Asia Minor, at the entrance of the Gulf of Adramyteion at the mouth of the Hellespont. Mytilene, located on the eastern side of the island facing the mainland, was the main city. Its important electrum coinage begin at the end of the sixth century or the early years of the fifth century BC The standard used is the phoçaïque with a stater of about 16.32 g. This electrum coinage ceases after the arrival of Alexander the Great in Asia Minor around 330 BC.

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