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E-auction 573-518435 - bgr_902290 - ILLYRIA - APOLLONIA Drachme

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Estimate : 100 €
Price : 33 €
Maximum bid : 38 €
End of the sale : 08 April 2024 14:08:20
bidders : 11 bidders
Type : Drachme
Date: c. 229-100
Mint name / Town : Apollonia, Illyrie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 17 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 3,11 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire centré. Usure régulière. Droit agréable. Patine grise
Catalogue references :


Obverse description : Vache à gauche, allaitant un veau agenouillé à droite.
Obverse legend : TIMHN/ (PAS).
Obverse translation : (Timen).


Reverse description : Double carré linéaire à double compartiments ornés et décorés, (jardin d’Alcinoüs) ; grènetis lisibles.
Reverse legend : APOL/ DAMO/FONTOS.
Reverse translation : (Apollonia / Damophontos).


D’après E. Babelon, Traité, op. cit., p. 184, l’étalon des espèces postérieures à 229 avant J.-C. serait romain plutôt qu’illyrien basé sur le victoriat.  L’exemplaire de MONNAIES 47, n° 71 s’est vendu 370€.

Historical background


(3rd - 2nd century BC)

Apollonia was a colony of Corcyra, itself a colony of Corinth. The city first suffered the Corinthian influence. It then fell under the Roman protectorate from 229 BC. From 100 BC, it supplanted Dyrrachium and replaced it. The city was famous for the quality of its higher education. Octavian, a student, was in Apollonia when Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC.

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