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Live auction - bgr_702440 - THRACE - MESEMBRIA Unité

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Estimate : 150 €
Price : 77 €
Maximum bid : 80 €
End of the sale : 26 October 2021 14:11:38
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Unité
Date: c. 250-150 AC.
Mint name / Town : Messembria, Thrace
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 19 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 4,02 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie sur un flan court, idéalement centré des deux côtés, présentant quelques faiblesses. Très joli revers de style fin. Patine marron
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête diadémée d’Apollon à droite, les cheveux longs.


Reverse description : Athéna Promachos debout à gauche, casquée, vêtue du chiton, brandissant une javeline de la main droite et tenant un bouclier de la main gauche.
Reverse legend : METAM/BRIANWN.
Reverse translation : (de Messembria).


Les seuls exemplaires signalés, ceux de la collection Stancomb décrivent au droit une tête féminine plutôt qu’une tête d’Apollon (WSC. n° 235-238, pl. X).

Historical background

Thrace - Messembria

(III - II century BC)

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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