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Live auction - bgr_467617 - MACEDONIA - AMPHIPOLIS Tétradrachme stéphanophore

MACEDONIA - AMPHIPOLIS Tétradrachme stéphanophore AU
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Type : Tétradrachme stéphanophore
Date: c. 167/158 - 149 AC.
Mint name / Town : Amphipolis, Macédoine
Metal : silver
Diameter : 33 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 16,79 g.
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan particulièrement large et complet des deux côtés. Tête massive d’Artémis. Revers bien venu à la frappe. Jolie patine de collection ancienne avec des reflets dorés
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la collection M. P

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Buste diadémé et drapé d'Artémis Tauropolos à droite, l'arc et le carquois sur l'épaule, placé au centre d'un bouclier macédonien orné d'étoiles.

Reverse


Reverse description : Légende de chaque côté d'une massue ; au-dessus, un monogramme.
Reverse legend : MAKEDONWN // PROTHS// (SAUHR)/ (TKr)/ (ToME).
Reverse translation : (Macédoine première).

Commentary


Les auteurs de l’AMNG avaient recensé cinquante-quatre exemplaires pour cette variété. Au droit, sur le bouclier macédonien, le buste d’Artémis est entouré d’une combinaison luni-solaire associant croissant de lune et astre solaire.

Historical background


MACEDONIA - Amphipolis

(Second century BC)

Amphipolis, Athenian colony was founded in 436 BC to protect and exploit the very important silver mines in the hinterland to the mouth of the Strymon. During the Peloponnesian War, the city was besieged and taken by Brasidas who also was killed during the battle, (Thucydides V, chap. VI-XI). The city regained its independence with a magnificent civic mint between 410 and 357 represents the right a beautiful young Apollo. Philip II of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great captured the city and silver mines in 357 BC During the next two centuries, Amphipolis was the main workshop of the Macedonian kings. After Cynoscephalae, the workshop was an autonomous coinage, composed of tetroboles. The last phase of coinage began after the defeat of Perseus and the organization of the kingdom into four republics. Andriscus, who claimed to be the illegitimate son of Perseus rose against the Romans in 148 BC He was finally defeated by Publius Cornelius Scipio Nasica in 147 BC The following year, 146 BC - C., Macedonia became a Roman province.

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