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ID:     76000250
Type:     Greek
Region:     MACEDONIA
City:     Aeneia
Date Ruled:     Mid 4th century BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Tetradrachm
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Mid 4th century
Weight:     14.11 g
Die Axis:     4 h
Obverse Description:     Head of a nymph right, wearing wreath of grain and single-pendant earring
Reverse Legend:     ΑΙΝΕ−ΗΤΩ−Ν
Reverse Description:     Bull standing right, head reverted
Primary Reference:     Triton VIII, 104
Reference2:     Giessener MÜnzhandlung 102, lot 133
Reference3:     CNG 67, lot 401 (all from the same dies)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     EF, lightly toned, slightly granular surfaces
Notes:     Sale: CNG 76, Lot: 250 Struck from dies of fine style Aineia (mod. Nea Michaniona) was located on the north-east coast of the Chalkidike. It was a comparatively obscure place in ancient times, occupied from the Archaic through the Hellenistic periods. Some fine burial mounds from the city have produced gold treasures, and the city is attested in Athenian fiscal documents. According to legend it was founded by Trojans, who named it after the famous Trojan hero, Aineias (Aeneas).The occasion for the issue of this impressive silver tetradrachm is not known, though by its style and fabric it can be dated to the middle of the fourth century BC. Its designs were clearly inspired by existing Greek coin types, though it does distinguish itself with some local flare. The head of the nymph on the obverse, wreathed in grain, is seemingly based upon the prolific issues of staters of Lokris in central Greece, which often circulated in northern Greece. The reverse is perhaps inspired by the standard issues of Ainos, which also featured a lone standing animal, albeit a goat.