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E-auction 539-461305 - bgr_856909 - LYDIA - SARDIS Unité

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Estimate : 90 €
Price : 34 €
Maximum bid : 35 €
End of the sale : 14 August 2023 14:05:20
bidders : 7 bidders
Type : Unité
Date: c. 133 AC.
Mint name / Town : Lydie, Sardes
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 18 mm
Orientation dies : 1 h.
Weight : 6,16 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée. Joli revers. Usure régulière. Patine vert foncé
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête imberbe d’Héraklès à droite coiffée de la léonté ; grènetis circulaire.


Reverse description : Apollon nu debout à gauche, tenant un corbeau de la main droite et une branche de laurier de la main gauche ; le tout dans une couronne de laurier.
Reverse legend : SARDIANWN/ POLI.
Reverse translation : (De Sardes/ Poli).

Historical background


(188-133 BC)

Sardis was the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Lydia. Placed on the Hermos, it had been conquered in 546 BC by the Persians who dethroned its last king, Croesus. Alexander the Great captured it in 334 BC when it had become the main satrapy capital of Asia Minor. It then passed into the hands of the Diadochi, then the Epigones before finally falling between those of the Attalids after 189 BC and the defeat of Magnesia. The Peace of Apamea, the following year, made Eumenes II of Pergamon the great victor in the war against the Seleucids. Sardis had a scanty cistophoric silver coinage and a diversified bronze coinage until the Roman conquest in 133 BC..

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