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Live auction - bgr_439782 - IONIA - IONIAN ISLANDS - CHIOS Unité

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Estimate : 250 €
Price : 470 €
Maximum bid : 470 €
End of the sale : 01 August 2017 14:16:48
bidders : 5 bidders
Type : Unité
Date: c. 290-240 AC.
Mint name / Town : Chios, Ionie
Metal : copper
Diameter : 18 mm
Orientation dies : 9 h.
Weight : 4,06 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan large, parfaitement centré au droit, légèrement décentré au revers. Très beau sphinx. Frappe un peu molle au revers. Jolie patine verte
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Sphinx assis à droite, les ailes repliées ; devant, une grappe de raisin.


Reverse description : Amphore vue de face ; dans le champ à gauche, une torche de course.
Reverse legend : CI-OS// LAMPROS.
Reverse translation : (Chios/ Lampros).


Sur notre exemplaire, le nom du magistrat (Lampros) est associé à la torche de course.

Historical background


(III - II century BC)

The island and the city of Chios were located in front of the city of Eritrea. Coinage began in the middle of the sixth century BC and lasted to the archaic style, until the middle of the fourth century BC Chios was a port and a reputed mall. The city seems to have participated in the revolt of Ionia against the Persian yoke in the early fifth century BC (500-494 AC). (Herodotus VI. 26). A decade later, she sent a fleet of seventeen vessels Xerxes is preparing to invade Greece (Herodotus, VII. 95). The island seems to have belonged to the Delian League after 477 BC The city is Athens ally. Chios left the alliance in 412 BC From the third century, Chios lost its autonomy after she found peace of Apamea in 188 BC The city was ravaged by Mithridates VI of Pontus in 86 for supporting the Romans. Sylla restored the city in 84 BC and declared ally of Rome.

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