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Live auction - bgr_544484 - THRACE - ODESSOS Tétradrachme

THRACE - ODESSOS Tétradrachme AU
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Starting price : 380 €
Estimate : 650 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 10 September 2019 14:09:09
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 100-50 AC.
Mint name / Town : Odessos, Thrace
Metal : silver
Diameter : 30,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 16,26 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan bien centré au droit, légèrement décentré au revers. Léger tréflage au revers. Beau portrait au droit. Usure superficielle. Patine grise de collection
Catalogue references :

Obverse


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

Reverse


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/ LAKO// ODH.
Reverse translation : (du roi Alexandre/ Laco/ Odessos).

Commentary


Sur ce tétradrachme, Alexandre divinisé avec sa léonté a les traits de Mithridate VI du Pont (120-63 avant J.-C.).

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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