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Live auction - bgr_469231 - THRACE - THRACIAN ISLANDS - THASOS Tétradrachme

THRACE - THRACIAN ISLANDS - THASOS Tétradrachme AU
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Estimate : 750 €
Price : 539 €
Maximum bid : 750 €
End of the sale : 06 March 2018 14:15:29
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 148 - 90/80 AC.
Mint name / Town : Thasos, Thrace
Metal : silver
Diameter : 28 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 16,35 g.
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan bien centré des deux côtés. Belle tête de Dionysos. Joli revers bien venu à la frappe. Belle patine de collection avec des reflets dorés
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la collection P. R. B

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête de Dionysos à droite, portant une couronne de feuilles de vigne et de lierre, les cheveux longs.

Reverse


Reverse description : Hercule nu, la léonté flottant sur l'épaule, debout à gauche, tenant de la main droite la massue ; monogramme dans le champ à gauche.
Reverse legend : HRAKLEOUS // SWTHROS // QASIWN// (MP).
Reverse translation : (Hercule le grand de Thasos).

Commentary


Joli style hellénisant.

Historical background


Thrace - ISLANDS THRACIAN - THASOS

(Second - first century BC)

Thasos was colonized by Ionians from Paros and was also visited by Phoenician sailors. Tribe Sintians occupied the island previously. The wealth of Thasos was proverbial thanks to gold and silver mines of the island and the nearby Pangaea which provided him 200 to 300 talents of annual resources from Herodian (VI, 46). During the revolt in Thrace in 498 BC against the Persian empire, Darius I (521-486 AC). Tried to impose the city. After the Persian Wars, Thasos joined the Athenian alliance and the produce of the mines was first diverted to the Delian League and Athens directly. In 411 BC, Thasos revolted and drove the Athenians, who were replaced immediately by a Spartan garrison. After 357 BC, Thasos fell under Macedonian domination. She found some of its independence after the death of Lysimachus in 281 BC After the defeat of Cynoscephalae in 197 BC, Thasos again became independent. From 148 or 146 BC, the Roman Senate authorized Maronea to monetize and Thasos tetradrachms wide blank which were struck in very large quantities and imitated in the Balkans until the end of the first century BC C-.

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