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E-auction 513-425598 - bgr_812268 - PHOENICIA - SIDON Seizième de shekel

PHOENICIA - SIDON Seizième de shekel VF
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Estimate : 100 €
Price : 46 €
Maximum bid : 50 €
End of the sale : 13 February 2023 14:10:00
bidders : 7 bidders
Type : Seizième de shekel
Date: c. 365-352 AC.
Mint name / Town : Sidon, Phénicie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 9,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 0,48 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée. Revers agréable. Patine grise
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : LETTRE PHÉNICIENNE (B).
Obverse description : Galère de guerre voguant à gauche avec rameurs, rames et boucliers ; zigzag figurant la mer.


Reverse legend : LETTRE PHÉNICIENNE (’).
Reverse description : Le grand Roi debout à gauche, tourné à droite combattant un lion dressé à gauche ; le tout dans les restes d’un carré creux.

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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