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bgr_633951 - THRACE - MESEMBRIA Tétradrachme

350.00 €(Approx. 378.00$ | 301.00£)
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Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 175-125 AC.
Mint name / Town : Messembria, Thrace
Metal : silver
Diameter : 31,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 16,55 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan large et bien centré, fissuré à 3h. Très beau buste d’Héraklès. Joli revers. La monnaie a conservé une partie de son coupant. Patine grise de collection
Catalogue references :


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


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 ; sous le siège un monogramme.
Reverse legend : BASILEWS// ALECANDROU// DA//.
Reverse translation : (du roi Alexandre).

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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