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Live auction - bgr_716482 - LUCANIA - HERACLEA Drachme

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Estimate : 700 €
Price : 350 €
Maximum bid : 350 €
End of the sale : 08 March 2022 14:02:10
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Drachme
Date: c. 281-278 AC.
Mint name / Town : Héraclée, Lucanie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 16 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 3,87 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Très bel exemplaire sur un flan bien centré des deux côtés. Superbe chouette finement détaillée. Patine grise de collection
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant de la vente Gorny & Mosch, Auction 276, lot n° 37


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête d'Athéna de trois quarts de face à droite, coiffée d'un casque athénien à triple cimier orné du Skylla ; derrière le casque, monogramme.


Reverse description : Chouette debout à droite, la tête de face sur une branche d’olivier ; dans le champ à gauche une massue posée verticalement.
Reverse legend : [HRAKLHIWN].


Cette drachme appartient encore à une série lourde basée sur l’étalon campanien et qui comprend outre la drachme, le nomos et le diobole. N. K Rutter a relevé dix variétés différentes pour la drachme, toutes rares (HN. 1411 à 1420). Notre exemplaire est de qualité exceptionnelle pour ce type monétaire.

Historical background


(370-281 BC)

In order to put an end to the struggle between the cities of Taranto and Thurium, Heraclea was jointly founded in 433-432 BC. The inhabitants of Siris, a neighboring town, were also settled there. In 374 BC, Heraclea became the federal capital of the Italiote league at the request of Taranto who wanted to dominate the region. Romans and Tarentines helped by Pyrrhus, king of Epirus, clashed in 279 BC near the city. Heraclea was taken by the Romans in 272 BC.

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