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E-auction 566-506946 - bgr_875921 - PONTUS - AMISOS Tetrachalque

PONTUS - AMISOS Tetrachalque XF/VF
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Estimate : 75 €
Price : 31 €
Maximum bid : 31 €
End of the sale : 19 February 2024 14:04:20
bidders : 9 bidders
Type : Tetrachalque
Date: c. 105-90 ou 90-85 AC.
Mint name / Town : Amisos, Pont
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 21,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 6,69 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie légèrement décentrée. Jolie tête de Gorgone. Patine foncée
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête de Gorgone de face au centre l’égide.

Reverse


Reverse description : Niké (Victoria) en chiton talaire marchant à droite, tenant des deux mains une longue palme reposant sur l’épaule ; de chaque côté, un monogramme.
Reverse legend : AMI-SOU.
Reverse translation : (d’Amisos).

Commentary


Représentation inhabituelle de l’égide complète avec la tête de Méduse qui était placée soit sur la cuirasse ou le bouclier d’Athéna.

Historical background


PONTUS - AMISOS

(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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