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Live auction - bgr_615319 - PHOENICIA - BYBLOS Seizième de shekel

PHOENICIA - BYBLOS Seizième de shekel AU
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Type : Seizième de shekel
Date: c. 330 AC.
Mint name / Town : Byblos, Phénicie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 10,5 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 0,75 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie idéalement centrée. Très joli revers. Fine usure superficielle. Patine grise
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Galère voguant à gauche, ornée d'un masque de lion avec deux hoplites à l'intérieur ; gouvernail ; au-dessous, les flots, un hippocampe et un coquillage couché (murex).

Reverse


Reverse legend : LÉGENDE ARAMÉENNE (AINEL, ROI DE GEBAL).
Reverse description : Lion bondissant à gauche sur un taureau.

Commentary


Ce seizième de statère serait frappé sous Ainel (350-326 avant J.-C.).

Historical background


PHOENICIA - BYBLOS

(IVe siècle avant J.-C.)

Ainel - roi (c. 330 avant J.-C.)

Byblos, also known as the "Gebal", was located 20 km north of Beirut. For the fourth century BC, we know the names of the following kings: Elpaal, Azbaal, Adrammelech and Ainel. They all have the same monetary typology. Note in the currency murex seashell widespread in the region, who had the wealth of Tyre and used to dye precious fabrics to give them the color purple.

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