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Live auction - bgr_544014 - EUBOEA - HISTIAIA Tetrobole

EUBOEA - HISTIAIA Tetrobole AU
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bgr_544014
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Type : Tetrobole
Date: c. 171-168 AC.
Mint name / Town : Histiée,Eubée
Metal : silver
Diameter : 14 mm
Orientation dies : 11 h.
Weight : 2,06 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée des deux côtés. Joli revers. Patine grise
Catalogue references :

Obverse


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

Reverse


Reverse description : La nymphe Histiée assise à droite sur la poupe d'une galère, tenant la stylis de la main droite.
Reverse legend : ISTI-AIEWN.

Commentary


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Le monnayage d'Histiée ne commencerait pas avant la seconde moitié du IVe siècle avant J.-C. avec une série lourde décrite par D. R. Sear comme une drachme de 3,60 g. qui pourrait être d'étalon rhodien. Ce poids correspond aussi à un pentobole (5) attique. La seconde série dont la fabrication débute après la proclamation de la liberté des Grecs à Corinthe en 196 avant J.-C., prendrait fin avec la chute du royaume de Macédoine. Le choix du portrait et du revers, la poupe du navire ne sont pas sans rappeler le monnayage autonome de Macédoine, lui aussi composé de tétroboles.

Historical background


Evia - Histiaeus

(196-168 BC)

Histiaeus was located in the east of Euboea. Through its extensive coinage, we can imagine the economic role that the town has held. The coinage was struck to commemorate the expulsion, with the help of the Athenians, the pro-Macedonian tyrant Philistides in 340 BC Histiaeus seems to take considerable importance after the cessation of emissions League euboïque in 267 BC Its independence was confirmed after 196 BC His coinage was widely imitated by the Macedonians and perhaps served to stipendier mercenary Greek army on the eve of the Battle of Pydna in 168 After BC the Macedonian defeat, the city lost its importance and no longer minted as bronze.

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