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Live auction - bgr_867166 - TROAS - ASSOS Obole

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Estimate : 280 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 24 October 2023 14:13:37
Type : Obole
Date: c. 480-450 AC.
Mint name / Town : Assos, Troade
Metal : silver
Diameter : 9,5 mm
Orientation dies : 9 h.
Weight : 0,59 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée. Joli griffon. Patine grise
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Griffon assis à droite, levant l’antérieur droit.


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Tête de lion à droite, la gueule béante dans un carré creux.


Ce type fait penser au monnayage de Téos (Ionie) pour le droit et de Cyzique (Mysie) pour le revers.

Historical background


(5th - 3rd century BC)

The city of Assos was located on the Gulf of Adramytion west of Antandros, opposite the island of Lesbos. Founded in the 7th century by lesbian settlers, it successively came under Lydian and then Persian domination. After the Persian Wars, it joined the Delos League and became a tributary of Athens. The city reached its peak in the 4th century BC under the direction of Eubulus, then of the philosopher Hermias, who brought Aristotle there in 347 BC. The city was incorporated into the kingdom of Pergamum in 241 BC before becoming part of the province of Asia after 133 BC.

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