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bgr_715636 - ILLYRIA - APOLLONIA Drachme

ILLYRIA - APOLLONIA Drachme AU
250.00 €(Approx. 265.00$ | 212.50£)
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Type : Drachme
Date: c. 229-100
Mint name / Town : Apollonia, Illyrie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 18 mm
Orientation dies : 5 h.
Weight : 3,37 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie légèrement décentrée. Très joli revers. Patine grise
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse description : Vache à gauche, allaitant un veau agenouillé à droite.
Obverse legend : NIKHN.
Obverse translation : (Nikén).

Reverse


Reverse description : Double carré linéaire à double compartiments ornés et décorés, (jardin d’Alcinoüs).
Reverse legend : APOL/ AUTO/BOU/LOU.
Reverse translation : (Apollonia / Autobouloy).

Commentary


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.

Historical background


ILLYRIA - APOLLONIA

(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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