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E-auction 373-285610 - bgr_593712 - EUBOEA - HISTIAIA Tetrobole

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Estimate : 100 €
Price : 136 €
Maximum bid : 137 €
End of the sale : 08 June 2020 14:05:00
bidders : 7 bidders
Type : Tetrobole
Date: c. 196-168 AC.
Mint name / Town : Eubée, Histiée
Metal : silver
Diameter : 16 mm
Orientation dies : 11 h.
Weight : 2,44 g.
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée. Fine usure régulière. Joli portrait. Patine grise
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête de la nymphe Histiée (Ménade) à droite, coiffée d'une couronne de vigne.


Reverse description : La nymphe Histiée assise à droite sur la poupe d'une galère ornée d'un dauphin nageant à gauche, tenant la stylis de la main droite ; à l’exergue, tête de trident à gauche.
Reverse legend : ISTI-AIEWN/ (HR).

Historical background


(196-168 BC)

Histiae was located in eastern Euboea. Thanks to its important coinage, we can imagine the economic role that the city held. The coinage is said to have been struck to commemorate the expulsion, with the help of the Athenians, of the pro-Macedonian tyrant, Philistides, in 340 BC. in 267 BC. Its independence was confirmed after 196 BC. Its coinage was widely imitated by the Macedonians and was perhaps used to subsidize the mercenaries of the Greek armies on the eve of the battle of Pydna in 168 BC After the Macedonian defeat, the city lost its importance and minted only bronze.

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