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Live auction - bgr_413084 - THRACE - MESEMBRIA Tétradrachme

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Estimate : 950 €
Price : 580 €
Maximum bid : 580 €
End of the sale : 14 March 2017 14:05:20
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 100-65 AC.
Mint name / Town : Messembria, Thrace
Metal : silver
Diameter : 29 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 16,11 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan bien centré des deux côtés. Très beau portrait tardif. Petite faiblesse de frappe au revers sur l’aigle. Jolie patine de médaillier avec des reflets dorés.
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de MONNAIES XV, n° 1453 et de la collection D. C


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête imberbe d'Héraklès à droite, coiffé 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.


Ce type tardif a été copié par les Celtes du Danube, comme le fait remarquer M. Kostial dans la collection Lanz (n° 887). Il est tardif et les copies celtiques sont postérieures aux prototypes de Messembria.

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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