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Live auction - bgr_682518 - SICILY - AKRAGAS Tétradrachme

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Estimate : 2 200 €
Price : 2 539 €
Maximum bid : 2 600 €
End of the sale : 07 September 2021 14:06:14
bidders : 6 bidders
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 450 AC.
Mint name / Town : Agrigente, Sicile
Metal : silver
Diameter : 26 mm
Orientation dies : 1 h.
Weight : 17,29 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Très bel exemplaire, légèrement décentré au revers. Magnifique crabe, bien venu à la frappe. Patine grise de collection
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la vente Bourgey du 14 juin 1932 n° 14 et de la vente Sotheby’s du 7 mai 1975, n° 38


Obverse description : Aigle debout à gauche.
Obverse legend : AKRAG/ANTOS.
Obverse translation : (d’Agrigente).


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Crabe vu de dessus.


Cet exemplaire est illustré dans l’ouvrage d’U. Westermark consacré au monnayage d’Agrigente jusqu’à sa destruction en 406 avant J.-C. et se trouve être l’unique exemplaire pour la combinaison de coins indiquée.

Historical background

SICILY - Agrigento

(472-413 BC)

Agrigento was founded in the sixth century BC by colonists from Gela. The mint seems to begin around 550 BC 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 releasing the clamp that Carthage posed on the island. After the death of Theron in 472 BC Democracy was restored. In 413, Agrigento, was more favorable to the Athenians against the Syracusans. The city was destroyed during the Carthaginian invasion of 406 BC It was however rebuilt, but never regained its former glory. The Romans took possession of Agrigento in 210 BC, during the conquest of Sicily.

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