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Live auction - bgr_848823 - THRACE - ODESSOS Tétradrachme

THRACE - ODESSOS Tétradrachme MS
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Estimate : 950 €
Price : 1 161 €
Maximum bid : 1 250 €
End of the sale : 05 September 2023 14:03:20
bidders : 4 bidders
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 100-50 AC.
Mint name / Town : Odessos
Metal : silver
Diameter : 32 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 16,73 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Superbe exemplaire, légèrement décentré. Très beau portrait d’Héraklès ainsi qu’un revers finement détaillé, bien venu à la frappe. Patine grise avec des reflets dorés
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête imberbe d'Héraklès à droite, coiffée de la léonté.


Reverse description : Zeus aétophore trônant à gauche sur un siège, tenant un aigle de la main droite et un sceptre long de la main gauche ; dans le champ à gauche, un casque attique à cimier tourné à droite.
Reverse legend : BASILEWS// ALEXANDROU/ QE/ (HDW).
Reverse translation : (du roi Alexandre).

Historical background


(3rd - 1st century BC)

Osupers was a Milesiac colony, placed on the banks of the Pont-Euxin. It had an independent coinage from the end of the 2nd century BC but most of its coins are tetradrachms imitating those of Alexander the Great which were minted in the course of the 3rd century and then during the reign of Mithridates VI (120-63 AC.). The coinage seems to be interrupted then to resume in the imperial period.

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