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Live auction - bgr_403480 - AIOLIS - LESBOS ISLAND - MYTILENE Hecté

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Estimate : 950 €
Price : 650 €
Maximum bid : 650 €
End of the sale : 27 September 2016 14:21:39
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Hecté
Date: c. 469 AC.
Mint name / Town : Mytilène, Éolide
Metal : electrum
Diameter : 10 mm
Orientation dies : 10 h.
Weight : 2,49 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale bien centré des deux côtés. Joli droit de haut relief, un peu court sur le museau du bélier. Revers inhabituel. Belle patine de collection ancienne avec des reflets dorés
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de MONNAIES 59, n° 23, de e-MONNAIES 3 et de la collection D. C


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête de bélier à droite ; au-dessous, un coq allongé, les ailes ouvertes.


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Tête et cou de taureau en creux.


Mêmes coins que l’exemplaire du musée de Boston 1670 (Bod. 27a1).

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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