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E-auction 363-275971 - LYDIA - SARDIS Unité

LYDIA - SARDIS Unité AU
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Estimate : 150 €
Price : 59 €
Maximum bid : 65 €
End of the sale : 30 March 2020 14:00:30
bidders : 11 bidders
Type : Unité
Date: c. 88 AC.
Mint name / Town : Sardes, Lydie
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 12 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 5,18 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan, légèrement décentré au droit. Très joli revers. Belle patine vert foncé
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête de Dionysos à droite couronné de lierre les cheveux longs tombant sur le cou.

Reverse


Reverse description : Panthère passant à gauche, levant l’antérieur droit et tenant une lance brisée transversale.
Reverse legend : SARDI/ANWN/ Q/ (MAUR).
Reverse translation : (de Sardes).

Commentary


Poids léger. Ce type pourrait être contemporain des guerres mithirdatiques.
Ce type semble avoir été frappé après 133 avant J.-C. Ce monnayage avec le petit monogramme placé sous la panthère pourrait faire référence à Mithridates VI du Pont (120-63 avant J.-C.) avant la deuxième guerre.

Historical background


LYDIE - SARDES

(188-133 BC)

Sardis was the ancient capital of the kingdom of Lydia. Placed on the Hermus, it was conquered in 546 BC by the Persians who overthrew its last king, Croesus. Alexander the Great took it in 334 BC when it became the main capital of the satrapy of Asia Minor. It then passed into the hands of the Diadochi, then Epigoni before finally falling between those of Attalids after 189 BC and the defeat of Magnesia. Peace of Apamea, the following year, made Eumenes II of Pergamon the winner of the war against the Seleucids. Sardis was a cistophorique mint money scarce and diversified bronze coinage until the Roman conquest in 133 BC.

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