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Live auction - bgr_930905 - IONIA - TEOS Tetartemorion

IONIA - TEOS Tetartemorion AU
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Estimate : 120 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 09 July 2024 14:10:30
Type : Tetartemorion
Date: c. 478-449 AC
Mint name / Town : Téos, Ionie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 7 mm
Orientation dies : - h.
Weight : 0,14 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée des deux côtés. Jolie tête de griffon, bien venue à la frappe. Patine grise


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête de griffon à droite, la gueule ouverte.


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

Historical background


(6th - 5th century BC)

Teos was a very old city that its inhabitants abandoned in 544 BC, when the Persians invaded Ionia, to go and found Abdera in Thrace. Less than 50 years later, settlers from Abdera refounded the city of Asia Minor, which explains why both cities had griffins on their coins. Teos was renowned for its Ionic order temple built by Hermogenes and dedicated to Dionysus.

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