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Live auction - bgr_688891 - THRACE - MESEMBRIA Unité

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Estimate : 100 €
Price : 50 €
Maximum bid : 65 €
End of the sale : 09 July 2024 14:01:40
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Unité
Date: c. 250-175 AC.
Mint name / Town : Messembria, Thrace
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 18,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 5,22 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée. Joli portrait au droit. Patine verte
Catalogue references :


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


Reverse description : Athéna Alkidémos debout à gauche, casquée, vêtue du chiton, brandissant une javeline de la main droite et un bouclier de la main gauche ; dans le champ à gauche, un bouclier macédonien.
Reverse legend : MESAM/BRIANWN.
Reverse translation : (de Messembria).

Historical background


(3rd - 2nd century BC)

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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