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ID:     808437
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Greek
Region:     MACEDONIA
City:     Mende
Date Ruled:     Circa 460-423 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Tetradrachm
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Circa 460-423
Diameter:     29 mm
Weight:     17.10 g
Die Axis:     11 h
Obverse Description:     Inebriated Dionysos reclining left on back of ass standing right; to right, bird standing right on ivy
Reverse Legend:     MEN-ΔA-I-ON
Reverse Description:     MEN-ΔA-I-ON in square around vine of six grape clusters
Primary Reference:     Noe, Mende -
Reference2:     AMNG III/2, 20 cf.
Reference3:     SNG ANS 333 var. (five grape bunches)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=119139
Grade:     EF, toned, slight die shift and granularity
Notes:     Fine style. Ex Simon Lipcer Collection; Leu 83 (6 May 2002), lot 169; Sotheby’s ZÜrich (26 October 1993), lot 28.The city of Mende, located on the Pallene Peninsula the eastern shore of the Thermaic Gulf was, according to Thucydides (4.123.1), founded by Eretria in the 8th century. It later founded colonies of its own: Neapolis on the eastern coast of Pallene, and Eion at the mouth of the river Strymon near Amphipols. Mende's wealth is indicated by the high amounts of tribute paid to the Delian Confederacy: eight talents until 451-450 BC, and then amounts ranging form five to nine talents after 438-437 BC. During the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC) Mende originally sided with Athens, but then, on the urging of the oligarchs, went over to the Spartan general Brasidas. It eventually returned to the Athenian side, but is not mentioned in connection with the Peace of Nicias. From 415-414 BC Mende again appears in the Athenian Tribute Lists, but by the fourth century the city was only minting copper coins.