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Live auction - bgr_873015 - EPIRUS - AMBRACIA Tétradrachme

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Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 219 AC.
Mint name / Town : Ambracie, Acarnanie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 27,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 16,98 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Superbe exemplaire sur un flan idéalement centré des deux côtés. Revers de toute beauté, de haut relief. Joli portrait d’Héraklès. Patine grise avec de légers reflets dorés
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Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête d'Héraklès à droite, coiffée de la léonté.


Reverse description : Zeus aétophore, les jambes parallèles, assis à gauche sur un siège sans dossier, nu jusqu'à la ceinture, tenant un aigle posé sur sa main droite et un long sceptre bouleté de la gauche ; dans le champ à gauche, un obélisque.
Reverse legend : ALEXANDROU.
Reverse translation : (d’Alexandre).


Monnayage au nom et au type d’Alexandre III le Grand (336-323 avant J.-C.). Semble de même coin de droit que l’exemplaire reproduit dans l’ouvrage d’O. Hoover (HGCS 3.1/ 218.

Historical background


(238-168 BC)

The city was situated on a promontory at the bottom of the Gulf of Ambracia on the left bank of the Arachtus, 80 stadia from the coast (14 kms). The city was colonized by the Corinthians around 660 BC. During the Peloponnesian War, the Ambraciotes were faithful allies of the Corinthians and Lacedaemonians. She fought effectively against the Acarnanians. Following the intervention of Athens in the region under the leadership of Phormion, Ambracia concludes a perpetual peace with Argos and Leucas. Ambracia sent reinforcements to Syracuse during the Athenian landing in Sicily in 415 BC. Under Pyrrhus it was the capital of the kingdom of Epirus.

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