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E-auction 503-413825 - bgr_779277 - MYSIA - PERGAMON Demi-unité

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Estimate : 75 €
Price : 22 €
Maximum bid : 22 €
End of the sale : 05 December 2022 14:04:30
bidders : 6 bidders
Type : Demi-unité
Date: c. 133-100 AC.
Mint name / Town : Pergame, Mysie
Metal : copper
Diameter : 16,5 mm
Orientation dies : 11 h.
Weight : 2,56 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Flan mince, court, centré. Joli portrait d’Athéna. Usure plus marquée au revers. Patine foncée
Catalogue references :


Obverse description : Tête d’Athéna (Minerve) à droite, coiffée du casque corinthien à aigrette.


Reverse description : Chouette debout de face, les ailes ouvertes sur une palme.
Reverse legend : AQH-NAS/ NIKHFOROU.
Reverse translation : (Athénas Nicéphore).

Historical background


(133-67 BC)

Pergame, located about twenty kilometers from the Mysian coast was in a fertile region. The city experienced a period of splendor under the energetic domination of the Attalids. Pergamos had been the place where the eunuch Philetario kept the treasure of Lysimachus, composed of more than 9,000 talents (more than 200 tons of metal). Philetario first betrays Lysimachus for Seleucus, before proclaiming himself independent, keeping the jackpot for his own account, the origin of the proverbial prosperity of Pergame. The new kingdom would experience significant economic prosperity after the Peace of Apamea in 188 BC. By dying in 133 BC, Attalus III bequeathed his kingdom to the Romans who created the province of Asia with Pergamum for capital. The city was famous for its library and its sanctuary dedicated to Asclepius.

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