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bgr_419912 - PONTUS - AMISOS Tetrachalque

PONTUS - AMISOS Tetrachalque AU
180.00 €(Approx. 196.20$ | 153.00£)
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Type : Tetrachalque
Date: c. 85-65 AC.
Mint name / Town : Amisos, Pont
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 20,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 7,99 g.
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale, bien centré des deux côtés. Belle tête de Dionysos. Revers de style fin. Patine marron
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête de Dionysos jeune à droite, les cheveux longs avec une couronne de vigne.


Reverse description : Ciste mystique sur laquelle est appuyée un thyrse placé transversalement ; dans le champ à gauche, deux monogrammes.
Reverse legend : AMISWU/ (MHRK).


Le monogramme dans le champ à gauche pourrait être celui de Mithridates VI du Pont (120-63 avant J.-C.).

Historical background


(2nd - 1st century BC)

Located on the Black Sea between Sinope and Pharnaces, Amisos was founded in the 6th century BC by the Milesians and the Phocaeans. In the middle of the following century, populated by Athenian settlers, it was renamed Peiraeus (Piraeus). Datames seized Amisos in 372 BC, the city became a tributary of the Persians and an oligarchy was established. It was Alexander the Great who liberated the city and restored its democratic status. Its coinage lasted until the 1st century BC, experiencing a significant extension under the reign of Mithridates VI of Pontus (120-63 AC.).

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