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Live auction - bgr_782789 - AIOLIS - LESBOS ISLAND - MYTILENE Hecté

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Estimate : 650 €
Price : 435 €
Maximum bid : 435 €
End of the sale : 07 March 2023 14:19:38
bidders : 4 bidders
Type : Hecté
Date: c. 346 AC.
Mint name / Town : Mytilène, Éolide
Metal : electrum
Diameter : 10 mm
Orientation dies : 11 h.
Weight : 2,50 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur flan court et décentré au revers. Très beau portrait d’Apollon, finement détaillé. Patine de collection


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête laurée d'Apollon à droite, les cheveux longs tombant sur la nuque ; derrière un petit serpent.


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Tête de Koré ou d’Artémis à droite, les cheveux tenus dans un sphendone ; le tout dans un carré linéaire.


Serpent non visible au droit. L’électrum est un alliage d’or et d’argent.

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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