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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


(4th - 3rd century BC)

Centuripe (Kentoripa or Centuripæ), in the center of Sicily, is placed in the valley of Symæthus at the foot of Etna. The city, the original Szekler, seems to have been founded in the 8th century BC. During the Athenian expedition, Centuripe supported Athens. Ruled by tyrants, first favorable to Athens against Dionysius the Elder. Nikodemos, who had succeeded Damon, was finally overthrown by Timoleon in 339/338 BC. Shared between the Carthaginian and Syracusan zones of influence, it finally fell under the latter's dependence during the 4th century BC. C., especially under Agathokles. Centuripe supported Hieron II in his war against the Mamertine mercenaries. During the First Punic War, Centuripe submitted in 263 BC and therefore remained free. It experienced an intense period of economic and artistic development under Roman rule..

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