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Live auction - bgr_356261 - THRACE - BYZANTION Tétradrachme

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Estimate : 2 800 €
Price : 1 800 €
Maximum bid : 1 800 €
End of the sale : 30 June 2015 14:06:07
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 220-219 AC.
Mint name / Town : Byzance, Thrace
Metal : silver
Diameter : 27,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 13,77 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale, bien centré des deux côtés avec une petit manque de métal à 9 heures au droit. Belle tête de Déméter au droit. Revers finement détaillé, de frappe un peu molle. Patine grise superficielle avec des reflets dorés avec un argent légèrement corné
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la vente CNG, 75, n° 100 et de la collection B. Odaert


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête voilée de Déméter à droite, coiffée d’une couronne d’épis.


Reverse description : Poséidon nu jusqu’à la ceinture assis à droite sur un rocher, tenant un aplustre de la main droite tendue et un trident transversal de la main gauche.
Reverse legend : EPI AQENAIWN/ (KK) - (UP).
Reverse translation : (du magistrat Athénaion/ Byzance).


Semble de mêmes coins que l’exemplaire de la vente Hirsch 275, n° 3381.

Historical background

Thrace - BYZANCE

(III - II century BC)

Byzantium, the future Constantinople and then Istanbul, was founded in 657 BC by Megarian settlers from Central Greece. The city was besieged by Philip II of Macedonia in 340/339 BC and found himself in the part of Lysimachus when sharing the empire of Alexander. Couroupédion after she regained her independence. Its location at the entrance to the Black Sea at the mouth of the Propontis and its rich fertile plains on the coast ensured him great prosperity. The monetary standard change in 357 BC seems to indicate a change in trade routes of the city, which then turned over to the eastern Mediterranean and Rhodes as to the Black Sea where Persian was dominant stallion. When the city gets its independence in the early third century, it resumes from the work of Henri Seyrig, the typology of loosestrife that are slain in the city for over 150 years.

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