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E-auction 502-412955 - bgr_409036 - PHOENICIA - SIDON Dishekel

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Estimate : 420 €
Price : 67 €
Maximum bid : 133 €
End of the sale : 28 November 2022 14:00:00
bidders : 7 bidders
Type : Dishekel
Date: c. 370-366 AC.
Mint name / Town : Phénicie, Sidon
Metal : silver
Diameter : 28 mm
Orientation dies : 11 h.
Weight : 25,70 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan épais et irrégulier à l’usure très importante, identifiable. Métal piqué
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : LETTRE PHÉNICIENNE "G" (B).
Obverse description : Galère de guerre voguant à gauche avec une série de rames et ornée d'une rangée de boucliers ; à la poupe, un étendard ; dessous double ligne en zigzag pour figurer les flots ; le tout dans un grènetis circulaire cordonné.


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Bige au pas à gauche conduit par un aurige, tenant les rênes ; derrière une divinité barbue (ou le Grand Roi), coiffée de la cidaris et vêtue de la candys, levant la main droite ; derrière, marchant, le roi de Sidon (Ba’alshillem II) ; le tout dans un grènetis circulaire cordonné.


Cet exemplaire présente au droit au-dessus de la galère, plusieurs traces (cheveux) provenant du coin comme sur l’exemplaire n° 16 de Betylon.

Historical background


(5th - 4th centuries BC)

Sidon was with Tire one of the main ports of the Phoenician coast, essentially a military port. Sidon was one of the oldest cities in Phenicia. The city was famous for the commercial exploitation of purple (murex). Its coinage seems to have begun in the second half of the 5th century BC and lasted until the Macedonian conquest in 332 BC. The city submitted to the conqueror without a fight, unlike its neighbor, Tyr who resisted for seven months. The new coinage of Sidon began in 112-111 BC Pompey maintained the status of a free city, later confirmed by Marc Antoine. Autonomous coinage ceased in 30/29 BC.

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