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E-auction 28-8986 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Hemilitron

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Estimate : 195 €
Price : 73 €
Maximum bid : 80 €
End of the sale : 28 October 2013 15:01:00
bidders : 9 bidders
Type : Hemilitron 
Date : 305-295 AC. 
Mint name / Town : Syracuse Sicile 
Metal : copper 
Diameter : 17,5  mm
Orientation dies : 11  h.
Weight : 3,84  g.
Rarity : R2 
Coments on the condition : Exemplaire sur un petit flan ovale, bien centré à l’usure importante, mais identifiable. Patine marron foncé 
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Historical background
Obverse description : Tête casquée d’Athéna à droite, coiffée du casque corinthien à triple aigrette orné d’un griffon bondissant .
Obverse legend : [SURA-KOSIWN] .
Obverse translation : (de Syracuse) .
Reverse description : Cavalier galopant à droit, nu le manteau flottant, tenant une longue javeline de la main droite et les rênes de la main gauche .
Reverse legend : [f] .
Poids léger
Ce monnayage est frappé pendant la troisième partie du règne d’Agathoklès (3017-289 avant J.-C.). L’étendue pondérale semble être importante et variable entre 4 et 10 grammes avec un diamètre d’environ 20 millimètres.


(317-289 BC)

Agathokles, tyrant of Syracuse (317-305 avant J.-C.)

Agathokles had seized power in Syracuse in 317 BC and took the title of king in 305 BC In 310, the tyrant invaded North Africa and attack Carthage, but it is defeated in 307 and must retire in Sicily. Peace, signed the following year with the hereditary enemy, devotes the Agathokles hegemony over the whole of Sicily.