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E-auction 364-277373 - PONTUS - AMISOS Octochalque

PONTUS - AMISOS Octochalque XF
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Estimate : 175 €
Price : 165 €
Maximum bid : 165 €
End of the sale : 06 April 2020 14:01:00
bidders : 11 bidders
Type : Octochalque
Date: c. 105-90 ou 90-85 AC.
Mint name / Town : Amisos, Pont
Metal : copper
Diameter : 31,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 20,48 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan large bien centré des deux côtés. Belle tête d’Athéna. Revers inhabituel. Patine marron
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête d'Athéna Parthenos (Minerve) à droite, coiffée d'un casque attique à cimier et triple aigrette, orné d'un Pégase.


Reverse description : Persée debout de face, tourné à gauche, tenant une harpe de la main droite et la tête de Méduse de la gauche tandis que son corps gît à ses pieds.
Reverse legend : AMI-SOU/ (MTE).
Reverse translation : (d’Amisos).


Poids lourd. Cette série a une chronologie fluctuante qui évolue sur plus d’un siècle. Une datation plus récente doit être adoptée contemporaine des guerres mithridatiques entre 105-90 ou 90-85 avant J.-C..

Historical background


(Second - first century BC)

Placed on the Black Sea between Sinope and Pharnace, Amisus was founded in the sixth century BC by the Phoenicians and the Milesians. In the middle of the next century, populated by Athenian colonists, it was renamed Peiraeus (Piraeus). Datames seized Amisus in 372 BC, the city became dependent on Persian and an oligarchy was established. It was Alexander the Great, who liberated the city and returned his democratic status. His coinage lasted until the first century BC, experiencing a significant expansion during the reign of Mithridates VI of Pontus (120-63 AC)..

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