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Live auction - bgr_541324 - SICILY - AKRAGAS Quart de shekel

SICILY - AKRAGAS Quart de shekel AU
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Starting price : 480 €
Estimate : 780 €
Price : 490 €
Maximum bid : 650 €
End of the sale : 10 September 2019 14:02:14
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Quart de shekel
Date: c. 213-210 AC.
Mint name / Town : Agrigente, Sicile
Metal : silver
Diameter : 14,5 mm
Orientation dies : 11 h.
Weight : 1,73 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Très bel exemplaire pour ce type. Flan bien centré au revers, très légèrement décentré au droit présentant un petit défaut à 6h. Belle tête masculine. Patine grise de collection
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête masculine imberbe laurée à droite couronnée d’épis.

Reverse


Reverse legend : DEUX LETTRES PUNIQUES À L’EXERGUE (HET ET TAW).
Reverse description : Cheval bondissant à droite ; grènetis linéaire.

Commentary


Ce type est de la plus grande rareté. Il était attribué aux rois de Numidie pour Hiempsal II (106-60 avant J.-C.). Il faut bien rendre ce type à Agrigente, frappé pendant l’occupation carthaginoise de la cité entre 213 et 210 avant J.-C. C’est la deuxième fois que nous le présentons à la vente.

Historical background


SICILY - Agrigento

(IV - III century BC)

Agrigento 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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