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E-auction 587-544408 - bgr_898522 - PAPHLAGONIA - AMASTRIS Tetrachalque

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Estimate : 75 €
Price : 12 €
Maximum bid : 13 €
End of the sale : 15 July 2024 14:08:00
bidders : 6 bidders
Type : Tetrachalque
Date: c. 105-90 AC.
Mint name / Town : Amastris, Paphlagonie
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 21 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 7,24 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire centré. Joli revers. Usure importante mais régulière. Patine marron
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête de Gorgone de face au centre l’égide.


Reverse description : Niké (Victoria) en chiton talaire marchant à droite, tenant des deux mains une longue palme reposant sur l’épaule ; de chaque côté, un monogramme.
Reverse legend : AMAS-TRWS/ (DKu).
Reverse translation : (d’Amastris).


Représentation inhabituelle de l’égide complète avec la tête de Méduse qui était placée soit sur la cuirasse ou le bouclier d’Athéna. D’après Hoover ce type pourrait avoir été frappé à Amastris par les partisans de Mithridates VI du Pont entre 105-90 et 90-85 avant J.-C. Ce type semble d’ailleurs beaucoup plus rare pour cette cité.

Historical background


(2nd - 1st century BC)

Amastris was founded in 300 BC near the site of Sesamos, not far from Cromna, in honor of the wife of Lysimachus, Amastris. She was the niece of Darius III Codoman, last king of the Persians, and previously the wife of Dionysius, tyrant of Heraclea Ponticus. She was assassinated in 289 BC by her sons. The city that bears his name became an important Black Sea port in the Hellenistic period. She had an important role during the Mithridatic Wars.

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