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SOLD: Messenia, Messene, AE Hemiobol – Hexachalkon, Che, Grandjean Plate Coin, c. 193-183 BC


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Information: From the BCD Collection. Plate coin, published and illustrated in 'Grandjean'.
Origin: Messenia, Messene
Authority: Che, magistrate
Denomination: AE Hemiobol - Hexachalkon
Composition: Bronze
Date: circa 193-183 BC
Obverse: Wreathed head of Demeter facing right
Reverse: ΞE (name of magistrate, to lower left), Zeus Ithomatas standing right, holding eagle on outstretched arm, preparing to cast thunderbolt; to left, ME monogram; to right, tripod
Size: 20.50mm, 6.01g, 11h
Grade: aVF, well centred, attractive dark red and green patina
Rarity: Rare
Rarity Details: only a few examples in online auction archives
Provenance: Pedigreed: from the BCD Collection together with his round tag noting 'A.H.B Dec. 80, £1.-'; Ex Classical Numismatic Group: eAuction 410 (29 November 2017), Lot 88; Inventory 833616 (January 2009); A. H. Baldwin & Sons (December 1970)
References: Grandjean Series XI, emission α, 227a (D142/R193 – this coin, illustrated); BCD Peloponnesos 708; SNG Copenhagen 510; SNG Soutzos 1048; BMC Peloponnesos [Messenia] p. 111, 24-25; Kroll 761b var. (illegible magistrate name); HGC 5, 575; SNG Kikpe -;
General: This coin was published and illustrated in Catherine Grandjean. 'Les Messéniens de 370/369 au 1er siècle de notre ère. Monnayages et histoire'. Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique Supplément 44. Athens: École française d’Athènes (2003). Messene was re-established after the Battle of Leuctra in 371 broke the Spartan's long-lasting rule over the Messenians. A place for exiled Messenians, the new Messene was heavily fortified by a wall surrounding the city. It was built on top of the ruins of Ithome an Achaean Greek city, destroyed by the Spartans.
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