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E-auction 528-446079 - bgr_835521 - IONIA - PHOKAIA Vingt-quatrième de statère

IONIA - PHOKAIA Vingt-quatrième de statère AU
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Estimate : 150 €
Price : 68 €
Maximum bid : 70 €
End of the sale : 29 May 2023 14:01:00
bidders : 8 bidders
Type : Vingt-quatrième de statère
Date: c. 550-500 AC.
Mint name / Town : Ionie, Phocée
Metal : silver
Diameter : 5,5 mm
Weight : 0,37 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie sur un flan idéalement centré. Très belle tête de Phoque, bien venue à la frappe. Patine grise
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête de phoque à gauche.


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


Ce type se rencontre normalement en électrum (BMC. 9).

Historical background


(6th - 4th century BC)

Phocaea was located seventy kilometers northwest of Smyrna on the coast, on the border of Aeolid, opposite the peninsula of Ionia. Phocaea was one of the first cities in Asia Minor to mint coins in the second half of the 7th century or the first half of the 6th century BC. The city, whose eponymous symbol was the seal, minted a large electrum mint. The Phocaic stallion shone throughout the Eastern Mediterranean. The city fell under Persian domination in 545 BC After the revolt of Ionia in 499 BC and its terrible repression five years later, Phocaea lost much of its importance. At the end of the 5th century BC it contracted with Mytilene, located in the island of Lesbos, a monetary alliance which was to last until the arrival of Alexander the Great in Asia Minor..

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