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Live auction - bgr_479606 - MACEDONIA - CHALCIDIAN LEAGUE - OLYNTHUS Unité,

MACEDONIA - CHALCIDIAN LEAGUE - OLYNTHUS Unité, AU/XF
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Estimate : 250 €
Price : 150 €
Maximum bid : 155 €
End of the sale : 10 April 2018 14:04:44
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Unité,
Date: c. 379-348 AC.
Mint name / Town : Macédoine, Olynthe
Metal : copper
Diameter : 15 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 1,91 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan irrégulier bien centré des deux côtés. Très belle tête d’Apollon. Frappe molle au revers. Très belle patine verte
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête laurée d’Apollon à droite, les cheveux longs tombant sur la nuque.

Reverse


Reverse description : Cithare.
Reverse legend : C-A-L/KID/EWN.
Reverse translation : (de Chalcidique).

Commentary


Poids léger. Ce type semble plus rare que ne le laissent supposer les ouvrages généraux.

Historical background


MACEDONIA - CHALCIDICE LEAGUE - Olynthus

(432-348 BC)

In 433 BC Perdiccas II, king of Macedonia raised Olynthus and made it the capital of what would become the League CHALCIDICE to thwart the aims of Athens in the region. Brasidas at the head of the Spartan fleet in the region rallied against the hegemony of Athens, after the defection of Amphipolis. Peace of Nicias in 421 BC guaranteed freedom of the cities of Chalkidiki which Olynthus which then underwent a period of intense economic development. Olynthus fell under Spartan rule in 379 BC The city had to face the Macedonian ambitions of Philip II. Olynthus was taken and destroyed by Philip II in 347 BC and its people enslaved.

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