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E-auction 26-7932 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Litra

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Estimate : 125 €
Price : 54 €
Maximum bid : 60 €
End of the sale : 14 October 2013 15:02:30
bidders : 10 bidders
Type : Litra 
Date : c. 260-220 AC. 
Mint name / Town : Syracuse Sicile 
Metal : bronze 
Diameter : 19,5  mm
Orientation dies : 10  h.
Weight : 6,37  g.
Rarity : R1 
Coments on the condition : Exemplaire sur un petit flan irrégulier bien centré à l’usure importante, mais parfaitement lisible et identifiable. Beau portrait de Zeus. Joli revers. Patine marron foncé 
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Historical background
Obverse legend : Anépigraphe .
Obverse description : Tête de Poséidon à gauche, coiffée de la tainia .
Reverse description : Tête de trident ornementée, accostée de deux dauphins, la tête en bas .
Reverse legend : IER-RWNOS/ S .
Poids très léger
Cette série est très importante. Les variations de diamètre et de poids sont très étendues : de 18 à 22 mm et de plus de 11 g pour l'exemplaire le plus lourd à 5,50 g pour le plus léger. L'étalon utilisé semble bien être l'attique. Ce monnayage était parfois attribué au règne d'Agathoklès (317-289 AC). Au droit Poséidon est coiffé de la tainia (taenia) fine bandelette de laine qui enserre la tête.


(274-216 BC)

Hiero II, king of Syracuse (274-216 avant J.-C.)

Around 270 BC, Hiero had married Philistis, a descendant of Dionysius (405-367 AC.), Tyrant of Syracuse. Hiero claimed to have ancestor Gelo himself (485-478 AC.), Founder of the Syracusan power. Officer of the army of Pyrrhus, king after he replaced his departure in 274 BC, and during his long reign, tried to maintain a difficult balance between the Romans and the Carthaginians. After the end of the first Punic War in 241 BC, Sicily became a Roman and Syracuse days were numbered.