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Live auction - bgr_481057 - IONIA - ERYTHRAI Hecté

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Estimate : 1 500 €
Price : 750 €
Maximum bid : 1 010 €
End of the sale : 05 June 2018 14:14:05
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Hecté
Date: c. 550-500 AC.
Mint name / Town : Erythrées, Ionie
Metal : electrum
Diameter : 10,5 mm
Weight : 2,56 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan ovale. Très belle tête archaïsante d’Héraklès avec la léonté
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête d’Héraklès à gauche, coiffé de la léonté.


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Carré creux quadripartite.


L’électrum est d’abord un alliage natif d’or et d’argent avant de devenir un alliage d’amalgame. Ce type semble beaucoup plus rare que ne le laissent supposer les ouvrages généraux. C’est la première fois que nous proposons ce type à la vente.

Historical background


(Ve - fourth century BC)

Érythrées was located on the heavily indented coast of Ionia opposite Chios and opposite Clazomenae. the city was famous for its temple of Heracles and Athena Polias. The mint is one of the oldest in Asia Minor and the city experienced a major commercial prosperity. The city received autonomy after the Battle of Magnesia. During the first war against Rome, the city has supported Mithridates VI of Pontus, like its neighbor Ephesus. The city was an important mint in the imperial era between Augustus and Gallien.

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