AE14 (Chalkous). 1.98g, 13.5mm
MINTED: ACHAIA, Pellene, circa 300-250 BC
REF: HGC 130 (R1); BCD Peloponnesos 601; BMC 5
OBVERSE: Kithara with eight strings.
REVERSE: Π-E, tripod.
Fine. Green patina. Rare.
Ex Cardinal Joachim Meisner Collection
Cardinal Meisner (1933-2017) was a leading figure in the Roman Catholic church, serving as Archbishop of Cologne from 1989 to 2014. He was a close friend of both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. After he passed away in 2017, his private collection of antiquities was auctioned off, with the proceeds going to the Cardinal Meisner Foundation of Cologne.
Pellene one of the twelve cities in the northern Peloponnese that formed the Achaean League, a confederacy of Greek city-states that existed first between the 5th and 4th centuries BC, and then again between 280–146 BC. At the commencement of the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC) between the Delian League led by Athens and the Kingdom of Sparta, Pellene was the only Achaean city to ally itself with Sparta. The city possessed a heavily fortified citadel, situated on a hill with an inaccessible peak, and also boasted temples to Athena, Apollo, and Dionysos.
ACHAIA, Pellene . 300-250 BC . AE14 . Kithara . Ex Meisner Collection *Rare*
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