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Live auction - bgr_564449 - THRACE - ABDERA Tetrobole

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Type : Tetrobole
Date: c. 336/311 AC.
Mint name / Town : Abdère, Thrace
Metal : silver
Diameter : 14,5 mm
Orientation dies : 7 h.
Weight : 2,44 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie idéalement centrée au droit, légèrement décentré au revers. Très beau griffon, bien venu à la frappe. Patine grise
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Obverse description : Griffon bondissant à gauche.
Obverse legend : ABDH/RITEWN.
Obverse translation : (d’Abdère).


Reverse description : Tête juvénile d’Apollon à droite, tête nue dans un carré linéaire.
Reverse legend : [EPIOM]HROU.

Historical background

Thrace - Abdera

(Ve - fourth century BC)

Abdera was founded in 656 before J. C-. on the south coast of Thrace, not far from the mouth of the Nestos (Herodotus I, 168) by settlers from Clazomenae (Ionia). The new city was abandoned and it was only in 543 before J. C-. a portion of the inhabitants of Teos (Ionia), fleeing the Persian yoke, came to settle permanently in Abdera. The city then was a great political and economic development. The choice of Griffon as monetary type Abdera has its metropolis Teos. The city served as the headquarters of Xerxes during the wars Greco-Persians. The city remained the main port under Persian rule until the victory of Cimon at the mouth of the Eurymedon in 465 before J. C-. She then went through a period of intense activity under the authority of the Athenian League Délio-which she joined in 454 before J. C-. The city was besieged and taken by Thrasybulus, the Athenian general in 410 or 408 before J. C-. Having regained freedom after the fall of Athens, it nevertheless had to call it in 377 before J. C-. when Triballi threatened its independence. This is Chabrias Athenian general who freed. From 350 before J. C-. She entered the Macedonian orbit and then lost its strategic and commercial importance.

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