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Live auction - bgr_826504 - LUCANIA - VELIA Nomos, statère ou didrachme

LUCANIA - VELIA Nomos, statère ou didrachme AU
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Estimate : 800 €
Price : 400 €
Maximum bid : 400 €
End of the sale : 06 June 2023 14:02:43
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Nomos, statère ou didrachme
Date: c. 340-334 AC.
Mint name / Town : Vélia, Lucanie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 22,5 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 7,10 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée. Joli lion, bien venu à la frappe. Portrait agréable. Patine grise
Catalogue references :


Obverse description : Tête d'Athéna à gauche, coiffée du casque attique à cimier avec triple aigrette, orné d'un griffon.
Obverse legend : Q.


Reverse description : Lion passant à droite.
Reverse legend : UELHTWN/ Q.

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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