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Live auction - bgr_544484 - THRACE - ODESSOS Tétradrachme

THRACE - ODESSOS Tétradrachme AU
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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 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 translation : (du roi Alexandre/ Laco/ Odessos).


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

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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