AE18. 5.1g, 18.1mm
MINTED: ILLYRIA, Dyrrhachion, circa early-mid 1st century BC
REF: SNG Cop 501ff (magistrate's name)
OBVERSE: Laureate head of Dodonaean Zeus right.
REVERSE: Tripod, magistrate's name flanking, [ΔYP] below, all within wreath.
Ex BCD Collection; Ex Joseph J. Copeland Collection
Good Fine. Slightly rough, dark green 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 . Early-mid 1st century BC . AE18 . Zeus / Tripod . Ex BCD
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