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E-auction 253-176549 - THRACE - ODESSOS Demi-unité

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Estimate : 175 €
Price : 79 €
Maximum bid : 99 €
End of the sale : 19 February 2018 14:02:00
bidders : 6 bidders
Type : Demi-unité
Date: c. 200 AC.
Mint name / Town : Odessus, Thrace
Metal : copper
Diameter : 15 mm
Orientation dies : 5 h.
Weight : 3,89 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan irrégulier bien centré. Très belle tête d’Apollon au droit. Joli revers de style fin servi par une très belle patine verte
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête laurée d’Apollon à droite, les cheveux longs tombant sur le cou, coiffée de la tainia (bandelette de laine) ; grènetis circulaire.


Reverse description : Le grand Dieu d’Odessa (Panysus) allongé sur une estrade, nu jusqu’à la ceinture, la tête de face, le bras droit appuyé sur une urne, le bras gauche reposant sur son genou ; au-dessus un thyrse.
Reverse legend : ODHSITWN.
Reverse translation : (d’Odessa).


Ce type semble beaucoup plus rare que ne le laissent supposer les ouvrages généraux.

Historical background

Thrace - Odessus

(III - Ist century BC)

Odessus milésiaque was a colony, located on the shores of the Euxine. It was an autonomous coinage from the late second century BC but most of his coins are tetradrachmas imitating those of Alexander the Great, who were beaten in the course of the third century and later during the reign of Mithridates VI (120-63 AC.). Coinage seems then interrupt to resume the imperial era.

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