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Live auction - bgr_710534 - LUCANIA - VELIA Nomos, statère ou didrachme

LUCANIA - VELIA Nomos, statère ou didrachme AU
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Estimate : 580 €
Price : 350 €
Maximum bid : 350 €
End of the sale : 08 March 2022 14:03:33
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Nomos, statère ou didrachme
Date: c. 350/340 - 320/310 AC.
Mint name / Town : Vélia, Lucanie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 20,5 mm
Orientation dies : 10 h.
Weight : 7,52 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie bien centrée. Joli portrait d’Athéna ainsi qu’un lion bien venu à la frappe. Patine grise avec reflets dorés


Obverse description : Tête d'Athéna à gauche, coiffée du casque phrygien à cimier avec triple aigrette, orné d'un centaure.
Obverse legend : (KE).


Reverse description : Lion passant à gauche, dévorant une proie.
Reverse legend : UELHTWN/ A.


La série 62 du classement de Williams se caractérise par un monogramme qui correspond à la signature du graveur Kléodoros. Très tôt, le monnayage de Vélia a été décrit comme ayant inspiré la drachme lourde de Marseille (LT. 785-791). Certains l’ont même décrit comme un monnayage symmachique : un lion de Vélia étant l’équivalent de deux lions de Marseille. Aujourd’hui, cette théorie est remise en cause.

Historical background


(350-281 BC)

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

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