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Live auction - bgr_532904 - THRACE - MESEMBRIA Tétradrachme

THRACE - MESEMBRIA Tétradrachme AU/AU
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Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 175-125 AC.
Mint name / Town : Messembria, Thrace
Metal : silver
Diameter : 31 mm
Orientation dies : 11 h.
Weight : 16,23 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan large et irrégulier. Très belle tête stylisée. Joli revers à l’usure superficielle. Belle patine de collection ancienne

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Buste imberbe d'Alexandre le Grand sous les traits d'Héraklès à droite, coiffé de la léonté.

Reverse


Reverse description : Zeus aétophore assis à gauche, tenant de la main droite un aigle et de la gauche, un sceptre long ; dans le champ, un casque corinthien tourné à droite.
Reverse legend : BASILEWS// ALECANDROU// DA// (GoR).
Reverse translation : (du roi Alexandre).

Commentary


Mêmes coins que l’exemplaire du British Museum décrit dans l’ouvrage de F. de Callataÿ (HGM., p. 98, pl. XXVIII).

Historical background


Thrace - Messembria

(Third-second century BC)

Coinage in the name of Alexander the Great

Messembria was a large colony of Megara, founded around 510 BC It was located on the Black Sea, bordered by the Black Sea, north of Apollonia Pontica. Port Thrace, she welcomed refugees from Byzantium and Calchédoine during the Ionian revolt against Darius in the early fifth century BC The name of the city itself means (lunch = meshmbria in Greek). Messembria worshiped solar Apollo Megara, its metropolis. The city was conquered by the Romans in 72 BC.

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