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Live auction - bgr_544009 - MACEDONIA - LETE Hemihecté

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Estimate : 520 €
Price : 360 €
Maximum bid : 360 €
End of the sale : 10 September 2019 14:11:32
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Hemihecté
Date: c. 500-480 AC.
Mint name / Town : Lete, Macédoine
Metal : silver
Diameter : 11 mm
Weight : 1,08 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire bien centré des deux côtés à l’usure régulière. Patine de collection ancienne
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient du stock de Vosper (GB) et de la collection Niels


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Satyre ithyphallique agenouillé à droite, nu barbu, les cheveux longs terminés par une queue de cheval globulée “veretrum tenens” entre deux globules.


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Carré creux quadripartite.


L’attribution à Lete en Macédoine est possible, mais pas certaine. J.-N. Svoronos attribuait ces monnaies aux Thasiens, attribution reprise par Georges Le Rider dans le guide de Thasos tandis que les auteurs du SNG Copenhague classaient ces monnaies à Lete avec un point d’interrogation.

Historical background


(Sixth - fifth century BC

Lete was on the territory of Amphaxitis above Therma (Thessalonica), but the city was without importance in ancient times and it is doubtful that it could monetize. However, the city was placed on the strategic road linking the mine Pangaea in the hinterland.

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