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Live auction - bgr_462513 - THRACE - ISTROS Trihemiobole

THRACE - ISTROS Trihemiobole AU
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bgr_462513
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Type : Trihemiobole
Date: c. 400-350 AC.
Mint name / Town : Istros, Thrace
Metal : silver
Diameter : 12 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 1,35 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan bien centré des deux côtés. Très belles têtes des Dioscures, légèrement stylisées. Revers de haut relief et de style fin. Belle patine de collection ancienne avec des reflets dorés
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Deux têtes masculines et imberbes opposées.

Reverse


Reverse description : Aigle volant à gauche attaquant un dauphin.
Reverse legend : ISTRIH/ (GAM).
Reverse translation : (Ister).

Commentary


Poids léger. Les monnaies divisionnaires sont en fait beaucoup plus rares que les drachmes. Nous sommes bien en présence d’une obole d’étalon éginétique. Le centrage permet de compléter la lecture du monogramme qui n’était pas complet. Très beaux portraits particuliers.

Historical background


Thrace - ISTROS

(Fourth century BC)

Istros, Milesian colony, located equidistant from Callatis and mouths of the Danube, is in Lower Moesia. The Greek name was given its Latin name to the Danube (Danuvius). The two juvenile heads, comparable to the Dioscuri (Gemini), represent the mouths of the Danube (Ister).

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