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Live auction - bgr_633957 - PHOENICIA - SIDON Quart de shekel

PHOENICIA - SIDON Quart de shekel VF/XF
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Estimate : 380 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 26 July 2022 14:24:08
Type : Quart de shekel
Date: an 10
Mint name / Town : Sidon, Phénicie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 15,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 3,05 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie bien centrée. Traces de circulation plus importantes au droit. Joli revers. Patine grise
Catalogue references :


Obverse description : Galère de guerre voguant à gauche avec une série de rames, ornée d'une rangée de boucliers (treize) ; à la poupe, un étendard (aplustre) ; au-dessous double ligne en zigzag pour figurer les flots ; grènetis circulaire cordonné.


Reverse legend : LÉGENDE PHÉNICIENNE “90”.
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 ; grènetis circulaire cordonné.

Historical background


(Ve - fourth centuries BC)

Tyre with Sidon was one of the main ports of the Phoenician coast, essentially a military port. Sidon was one of the oldest Phoenician cities. The city was famous for the commercial exploitation of the purple (Murex). His coinage appears to have started in the second half of the fifth century BC and lasted until the Macedonian conquest in 332 BC The city submitted to the conqueror without a fight to the opposite of 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, then confirmed by Marc Anthony. The autonomous coinage ceased in 30/29 BC.

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