Numismatik Lanz München   |   Auction 160   |   15 June 2015
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Lot 207



Estimate: 700 EUR   |   Starting price: 420 EUR Price realized: 950 EUR
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MAGNESIA AD MAEANDRUM Themistokles und Archepolis (um 459 v. Chr.)
Tetartemorion, um 459 v. Chr. Männlicher Kopf mit Diadem nach rechts. Rs: Im quadratischen Rahem Adler nach links, darunter AR-Monogramm. Vgl. Nollé & Wenninger 2a (trihemiobol), Cahn und Mannsperger, NC 1991, S. 199/Taf. 44 1-2 = SNG Tubingen 2922 (stempelgleich), Gemini Auktion III (9. Januar 2007), Los 181 (stempelgleich). 0,23g. Sehr selten in dieser Erhaltung. Vorzüglich. Compare annotation CNG Electronic Auction 334 (2. September 2014)/Lot 84 and Gemini Auction III (9. Januar 2007)/ Lot 181 (same die). In the early 460s BC, the famous politician from Athens Themistokles was ostracized. He fled to Asia Minor, where he was wellcomed by the Persian king, who made him governor of Magnesia on the Maeander. Themistokles struck a small series of silver fractions at Magnesia, some of which bear a male head that has been identified as his portrait. After Themistokles' death, his son Archepolis succeeded his father as governor. Although some scholars support the opinion that this coin could have been struck under Archepolis (and therefore part of the primary evidence of his otherwise little-known reign), and although the Themistokles name does not appear on this issue, it is linked to his signed didrachms by its reverse type. Themistokles resided at Magnesia and ruled it until his death.

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