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Live auction - bgr_719303 - THRACE - MESEMBRIA Tétradrachme

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Estimate : 750 €
Price : 1 050 €
Maximum bid : 1 050 €
End of the sale : 08 March 2022 14:06:20
bidders : 7 bidders
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 250-175 AC.
Mint name / Town : Messembria, Thrace
Metal : silver
Diameter : 30 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 16,88 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Bel exemplaire sur un flan large, centré des deux côtés. Très belle tête d’Héraklès, bien venue à la frappe. Revers agréable. Patine grise avec reflets dorés et bleutés
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// (ME).
Reverse translation : (du roi Alexandre).


Ce tétradrachme appartient à la première phase du monnayage de Messembria frappé entre la deuxième moitié du IIIe siècle et le premier quart du IIe siècle avant J.-C.

Historical background


(3rd-2nd 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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