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Live auction - bgr_467478 - SICILY - AKRAGAS Hemilitron

SICILY - AKRAGAS Hemilitron VF
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Type : Hemilitron
Date: c. 400-380 AC.
Mint name / Town : Agrigente, Sicile
Metal : copper
Diameter : 25 mm
Orientation dies : 5 h.
Weight : 15,24 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan épais bien centré avec les grènetis visibles. Belle tête d’Akragas. Faiblesse de frappe au revers. Jolie patine vert foncé, légèrement granuleuse
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient du stock de London Ancient Coin et de la collection M. P

Obverse


Obverse description : Tête du dieu fluvial Akragas diadémé à gauche, coiffé de la tainia et cornu ; grènetis circulaire perlé.
Obverse legend : [AKRAGAS].
Obverse translation : (Agrigente).

Reverse


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Aigle debout à gauche sur une colonne ionique, les ailes repliées, la tête à droite ; dans le champ à gauche, un crabe tourné à gauche ; derrière six globules posés en rectangle en deux rangées.

Commentary


Au droit le coin commence à se boucher sur la tempe du dieu fluvial. Nous sommes bien en présence de l’épithète du dieu au droit. Au revers, nous retrouvons les principaux symboles du monnayage acragantin avant la prise de la cité par les Carthaginois en 406 avant J.-C. C’est certainement un très grand graveur qui a réalisé ce travail élégant et raffiné.

Historical background


SICILY - Agrigento

(Sixth - fifth century BC)

Agrigento was founded in the sixth century BC by colonists from Gela. She was one of the most beautiful and prosperous cities of the south coast of Sicily. The city was a few kilometers from the sea at the confluence of two rivers, Akragas and Hypsas. The mint seems to begin around 550 BC under the rule of the tyrant Phlaris. Theron, tyrant of Agrigento, seized Himera in 482 BC He and Gelon of Syracuse won a brilliant victory over the Carthaginians at Himera in 480 BC which was release vise Carthage posed on the island. After the death of Theron in 472 BC Democracy was restored. In 413 BC, Agrigento was rather favorable to the Athenians against the Syracusans. The city was destroyed in 406 BC, during the Carthaginian invasion. It was however rebuilt, but never regained its former glory. The city found itself caught in the conflict between the Carthaginians and the Romans during the first two Punic (261-241 BC and 221-201 BC). The Romans took possession of Agrigento in 210 BC, during the conquest of Sicily.

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