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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Hellenistic Monarchies| > |Alexander the Great| > SH91297
Mesembria, Thrace, c. 250 - 175 B.C., Civic Issue in the Types and Name of Alexander the Great
|Alexander| |the| |Great|, |Mesembria,| |Thrace,| |c.| |250| |-| |175| |B.C.,| |Civic| |Issue| |in| |the| |Types| |and| |Name| |of| |Alexander| |the| |Great|, Mesembria, Nesebar Bulgaria today, was a Doric settlement on a Black Sea island just off mainland Thrace. Thrace was invaded by the Galatians in 279 B.C. Only the wealthy coastal cities, including Mesembria, withstood their attacks. Following that chaos, rule of Thrace was divided between many tribes. Philip V, 221 - 179 B.C., tried to regain control of the area for the Macedonian Kingdom, but his success was limited and short lived. Mesembria was taken by Mithradates VI in the First Mithradatic War and surrendered to Rome in 71 B.C. The city struck Alexandrine tetradrachms as early as 275 B.C., more than 50 years after Alexander's death, and probably issued the very last Alexandrine tetradrachms struck anywhere, possibly under Roman rule as late as 65 B.C.
SH91297. Silver tetradrachm, Karayotov p. 83 & pl. V, 3 - 7 (O1/R2); Price 971A; MŁller Alexander 433, Meydancikkale 529, HGC 3.2 -, VF, attractive style, well centered and struck, tight flan, toned, Mesambria (Nesebar, Bulgaria) mint, weight 16.745g, maximum diameter 27.0mm, die axis 0o, c. 250 - 175 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean lion-scalp headdress; reverse Zeus AŽtophoros seated left on a throne with a high back, nude to waist, himation around hips and legs, right leg drawn back, feet on footstool, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, AΛEΞAN∆POY downward on left, BAΣIΛEΩΣ downward on right, Corinthian left helmet under throne; SOLD










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Corpus Nummorum Thracorum - http://www.corpus-nummorum.eu/
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