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Live auction - bgr_768338 - THESSALY - THESSALIAN LEAGUE Unité

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Estimate : 100 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 24 January 2023 14:08:32
Type : Unité
Date: c. 196-146 AC.
Mint name / Town : Larissa, Thessalie
Metal : copper
Diameter : 19 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 6,17 g.
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée. Joli revers. Usure plus marquée au droit. Patine foncée
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête laurée d'Apollon à droite, les mèches tombant sur la nuque.


Reverse description : Athéna Itonia combattante marchant à droite, brandissant une javeline transversale de la main droite et tenant un bouclier de la main gauche ; de chaque côté, un bonnet des Dioscures.
Reverse legend : QESSA/LWN.
Reverse translation : (de Thessalie).


La légende est en partie incomplète (nom du magistrat).

Historical background


(196-146 BC)

Thessaly was an agricultural area and farmed with large wilderness. It was famous for its horses and riders. Coinage of the Confederation was made in the most important city of Thessaly, Larissa, name that comes from the daughter of Pelasgos. The city was built on the banks of Peneios. In 197, the general Flaminius won a great victory on Cynoscephalae Philip V of Macedon, who had supported Hannibal and Carthage in the Second Punic War (221-202 BC). For the first time since Philip II, freedom of the Greeks was proclaimed in 196 at Corinth during the Isthmian Games. Many leagues then formed. Thessalian League was one of the most powerful. In 146 BC, it was dissolved and integrated Thessaly in the new province of Macedonia.

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