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Live auction - bgr_409619 - THRACE - ABDERA Tétrobole

THRACE - ABDERA Tétrobole XF/AU
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Estimate : 450 €
Price : 310 €
Maximum bid : 410 €
End of the sale : 08 November 2016 14:02:30
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Tétrobole
Date: c. 400 AC.
Mint name / Town : Thrace, Abdère
Metal : silver
Diameter : 16,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 2,83 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan ovale et irrégulier, légèrement éclaté à 5 heures au revers. Légèrement décentré au droit. Joli revers de style fin. Belle patine de médaillier avec des reflets dorés
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : LÉGENDE DERRIÈRE LE GRIFFON.
Obverse description : Griffon à gauche.
Obverse legend : AB[D].

Reverse


Reverse description : Trois épis de blé dans un carré linéaire.
Reverse legend : EPI/ PRW/ [TEW].

Commentary


Mêmes coins que l’exemplaire de la collection Mc Clean conservée au Fitzwillam Museum de Cambridge (4022).

Historical background


Thrace - Abdera

(410-385 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 independent. 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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