Fourrée Drachm. 3.17g, 17.6mm
MINTED: Contemporary plated forgery of ILLYRIA, Dyrrhachium, circa 250-200 BC. Meniskos (and Sophios ?), magistrates
REF: cf. Maier 144 (for obv), 354? (for rev)
OBVERSE: Cow standing right, looking back at suckling calf standing left below; ΜΕΝΙΣΚΟΣ (N retrograde) above. rudder in exergue.
REVERSE: Double stellate pattern; ΔYP-IΦ-[...] around; all within linear circle border.
Very Fine. Lightly toned. In excellent condition for a fourrée, with minimal breakage of plating and otherwise nice surfaces.
Dyrrhachion, present-day Durrës in Albania, was a coastal city founded as Epidamnos in 627 BC by Greek colonists from Corinth and Korkyra. Its excellent harbour and strategic location allowed it to serve as a hub facilitating trade with the Illyrians of the interior. Following the city's conquest by Queen Teuta of the Ardiaean kingdom, followed by her capitulation to the Romans in the first of the Illyrian Wars (229-298 BC), Dyrrhachion came firmly under the control of the Roman Republic. The city continued to prosper under Roman rule, serving as the western terminus of the Via Egnatia, the great road that led on to Thessalonica and Constantinople. After the Battle of Actium in 31 BC, Emperor Augustus allowed veterans of his legions to settle in Dyrrhachion and proclaimed it a free city.
ILLYRIA, Dyrrhachion . 250-200 BC . Fourrée Drachm . Cow and Calf
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