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Live auction - bgr_532918 - AIOLIS - LESBOS ISLAND - MYTILENE Hecté

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Estimate : 720 €
Price : 420 €
Maximum bid : 420 €
End of the sale : 10 September 2019 14:19:47
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Hecté
Date: c. 358 AC.
Mint name / Town : Mytilène, Éolide
Metal : electrum
Diameter : 11 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 2,53 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire légèrement décentré au droit mais bien centré au revers. Usure régulière. Beaux portraits. Patine de collection
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête laurée de Dionysos à droite, les cheveux longs tombant sur la nuque.


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Tête de Perséphone à droite, les cheveux tenus dans un sphendone.


L’électrum est un alliage d’or et d’argent. Nous n’avons pas relevé d’identité de coin pertinente pour ce type.

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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