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Live auction - bgr_463737 - LUCANIA - HERACLEA Diobole

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Estimate : 380 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 30 January 2018 14:01:00
Type : Diobole
Date: c. 432-420
Mint name / Town : Héraclée
Metal : silver
Diameter : 11 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 1,17 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan parfaitement centré. Droit inhabituel. Joli revers équilibré. Patine de collection ancienne, légèrement granuleuse
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la collection E. E. Clain-Stefanellei


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête imberbe d’Héraklès à droite, coiffé de la léonté.


Reverse legend : HE.
Reverse description : Héraklès agenouillé à droite, luttant avec le lion de Némée, brandissant la massue de la main droite.


Exemplaire de style tout à fait exceptionnel avec un Héraklès juvénile aux traits graciles. Composition artistique de premier ordre. Ce type semble plus rare que ne le laissent supposer les ouvrages généraux. C’est la première fois que nous le présentons à la vente.

Historical background

LUCANIA - Iraclia

(Fifth-fourth century BC)

To end the struggle between the cities of Tarentum and Thurii, Heraclea was founded jointly in 433-432 BC The inhabitants of Siris, a neighboring town, there were also installed. In 374 BC, Heraclea became the federal capital of the Italic League at the request of Taranto who wanted to dominate the region. Roman and Tarentines aided by Pyrrhus, king of Epirus, fought in 279 BC near the city. Heraclea was taken by the Romans in 272 BC.

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