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Live auction - bgr_456279 - SICILY - AKRAGAS Tetras

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Estimate : 195 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 31 October 2017 14:04:41
Type : Tetras
Date: c. 406-405 AC.
Mint name / Town : Agrigente, Sicile
Metal : copper
Diameter : 22 mm
Weight : 949 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan bien centré avec le type du droit encore identifiable. Patine vert foncé
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient du stock de Lanz


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Contremarque d’une tête d’Héraklès imberbe à droite coiffé de la léonté.


Reverse description : Lisse.


Contremarqué sur une pièce d’Agrigente. La contremarque fait dix millimètres de diamètre. Le sujet au dessous est un bronze à l’aigle (HGCS 2/ 136). Au revers la surface est rugueuse. La contremarque présente une tête stylisée d’Héraklès imberbe. G. Buceti a recensé au total 24 exemplaires pour ce type avec des poids compris entre 6,93 g et 11,52 g.

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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