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Messenia, Messene, AE Hemiobol – Hexachalkon, Nikarchos, Grandjean Plate Coin, c. 50-30 BC

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Information: From the BCD Collection. Plate coin, published and illustrated in 'Grandjean'.
Origin: Messenia, Messene
Authority: Nikarchos (magistrate)
Denomination: AE Hemiobol - Hexachalkon
Composition: Bronze
Date: circa 50-30 BC
Obverse: Diademed head of Demeter facing right
Reverse: NIKAPXOC (name of magistrate), Zeus standing right, holding sceptre and eagle on outstretched arm; to right, ME, tripod and wreath
Size: 20.21mm, 4.6g, 1h
Grade: VF, attractive red and green patina, slight roughness, obverse a little off center
Rarity: Rare, only a few examples in online auction archives
Provenance: Pedigreed: from the BCD Collection together with his round tag noting 'Lot/coll., Feb 1991, SFz. 30.-', ex Classical Numismatic Group: eAuction 408 (25 October 2017), Lot 130; Inventory 8333484 (January 2009)
References: Grandjean Series XI, Emission κ, 497a (V281/R445 – this coin, illustrated); BCD Peloponnesos 748; SNG Copenhagen 518; SNG Kikpe 621; BMC Peloponnesos [Messenia] p. 112, 37; HGC 5, 579; SNG Soutzos; Kroll -
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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