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Live auction - bgr_469785 - LUCANIA - VELIA Nomos, statère ou didrachme

LUCANIA - VELIA Nomos, statère ou didrachme AU
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Estimate : 780 €
Price : 480 €
Maximum bid : 480 €
End of the sale : 06 March 2018 14:03:13
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Nomos, statère ou didrachme
Date: c. 305/304-293/290 AC.
Mint name / Town : Lucanie, Vélia
Metal : silver
Diameter : 23 mm
Orientation dies : 11 h.
Weight : 7,39 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan large et ovale bien centré des deux côtés. Très belle tête d’Athéna. Joli revers de style fin bien venu à la frappe. Belle patine de collection ancienne avec des reflets mordorés


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête d'Athéna à droite, coiffée du casque attique à cimier avec triple aigrette, orné d'un griffon.
Obverse legend : D/ F.


Reverse description : Lion passant à droite ; pentagramme au-dessus.
Reverse legend : UELHTWN/ F-I.


Très tôt, le monnayage de Vélia a été décrit comme ayant inspiré la drachme lourde de Marseille (LT. 785-791).

Historical background


(350-281 BC)

Velia Elea for the Greeks, was founded around 540 BC by the Phoenicians who left Asia Minor after the fall of Sardis in 546 BC Velia became an ally of the Romans from 275 before BC The lion was the symbol of the city where its use on the coinage of Marseille Marseille as the metropolis had close ties with Velia.

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