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Live auction - bgr_538613 - SICILY - CENTURIPE Litra

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Estimate : 2 000 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 10 September 2019 14:02:44
Type : Litra
Date: c. 340 AC.
Mint name / Town : Sicile, Centuripe
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 33 mm
Orientation dies : 2 h.
Weight : 32,15 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan légèrement irrégulier et gratté sur la tranche. Portrait magnifique. Légèrement décentré au revers sur la tête du léopard. Jolie patine vert foncé
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient du stock de Jean Vinchon (2003)


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête de Perséphone (Aréthuse) à gauche, coiffée d’une couronne d’épis, entourée de quatre dauphins.


Reverse description : Léopard passant à droite.
Reverse legend : KENTORIPINWN.
Reverse translation : (de Centuripe).


Notre exemplaire ne semble pas surfrappé sur une litra de Syracuse comme cela se produit souvent. Cependant, nous avons la trace d’une petite molette sur le poitrail de l’animal au revers qui rappelle les bronzes syracusains. Ce type semble beaucoup plus rare que ne le laissent supposer les ouvrages généraux.

Historical background

SICILY - Centuripe

(Fourth century BC)

Centuripe (Kentoripa or Centuripæ) in the center of Sicily, is situated in the valley of Symæthus the foot of Mount Etna. The city seems to have been founded in the eighth century BC Divided between areas of Carthaginian and Syracusan influence, it eventually fell under the control of the latter during the fourth century BC In the First Punic War, Centuripe be submitted in 263 BC It experienced a period of intense economic and artistic development under Roman rule.

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