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Session I, Lot 72

Estimate: 1'000 EUR   |   Starting price: 600 EUR Price realized: 800 EUR
IONIEN. MAGNESIA AD MEANDRUM. Hemiobol, Themistokles, 465-459. Barley grain; ΘE to left, meander pattern to right. Rev: Male head (Themistokles or Apollo) right, wearing diadem; M-A-Γ across field; all within incuse square. Triton XIII, lot 185; CNG E-288, lot 230; Gorny & Mosch 204, lot 1514; Roma VII, lot 556; otherwise unpublished. 0,41g. Very rare. Good very fine.
Themistokles from Athens was perhaps the most influencial general in the Greek-Persian wars, and was the person who helped the Greek navy defeat the Persians in the naval battle of Salamis. After the wars, his alleged arrogance, led him to be ostracized from Athens, so he ended up in Asia Minor, where the Persian king Artaxerxes, recognizing his virtues, made him the governor of Magnesia ad Meandrum.

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