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Lot 8

Estimate: 3'000 CHF   |   Starting price: 2'000 CHF Price realized: 2'500 CHF
Macédoine - Démétrios Poliorcète (306-284)
Tétradrachme - Amphipolis (289-288)
Magnifique portrait de haut relief.
Rayure au revers.
Exemplaire de la collection Rockefeller University of New-York, vente Gemini 7 du 8 janvier 2011 et de la vente Gorny 207 du 15 octobre 2012, N°179
17.21g - Newell 120 - Pozzi 963
Superbe - AU

Until c. 292-291 BC, the coin types used in Macedon showed the portrait of Alexander the Great (336-323 BC). Demetrios then replaced it with his own head, adorned with bull’s horns. This was a very significant change, which inaugurated a long tradition of numismatic portraits of reigning monarchs, the more so since the mighty Alexander himself had not been honoured with a portrait during his lifetime. The innovation was such that, according to Roman historians, Demetrius’ subjects were scandalized by his hubris, and these coins precipitated his downfall.

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