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Live auction - bgr_578641 - THRACE - MESEMBRIA Tétradrachme

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Estimate : 750 €
Price : 520 €
Maximum bid : 520 €
End of the sale : 16 June 2020 14:05:56
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 250-175 AC.
Mint name / Town : Messembria
Metal : silver
Diameter : 29 mm
Orientation dies : 1 h.
Weight : 16,72 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Magnifique exemplaire, légèrement décentré au droit. Tête d’Héraklès de toute beauté, finement détaillée. Frappe plus brouillée au revers. Patine grise de collection
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête imberbe d'Héraklès à droite, coiffée de la léonté.


Reverse description : Zeus aétophore trônant à gauche sur un siège, tenant un aigle de la main droite et un sceptre long de la main gauche ; dans le champ à gauche, un casque attique à cimier tourné à droite.
Reverse legend : BASILEWS// ALEXANDROU// PUR.
Reverse translation : (du roi Alexandre).

Historical background


(1st century BC)

Coinage in the name of Alexander the Great

Messembria was an important colony of Megara, founded around 510 BC. It was located on Pont-Euxin, bordered by the Black Sea, north of Apollonia Pontica. Port Thrace, it welcomed refugees from Byzantium and Calchedonia during the Ionian revolt against Darius at the beginning of the 5th century BC. The name of the city itself means (south = meshmbria in Greek). Messembria worshiped the solar Apollo of Megara, its metropolis. The city was conquered by the Romans in 72 BC.

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