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bgr_483440 - SICILY - GELA Litra

150.00 €(Approx. 166.50$ | 130.50£)
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Type : Litra
Date: c. 430-425 AC.
Mint name / Town : Géla, Sicile
Metal : silver
Diameter : 13,5 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 0,56 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan irrégulier légèrement voilé à l’usure importante, lisible et identifiable. Patine foncée
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient du stock d’Hubert Lanz et de la collection Laurent F


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Cavalier casqué galopant à gauche, tenant une javeline de la main droite et un bouclier de la main gauche.


Reverse description : Protomé de taureau androcéphale du dieu fleuve Gélas à droite avec la barbe longue et pointue.
Reverse legend : GELAS.


Poids très léger.

Historical background

Sicily - Gela

(Fifth century BC)

Gela was founded in 688 BC by colonists from Rhodes and Crete. Coinage began to 498 BC under the tyranny of Kleander (505-498 AC.) Or Hippocrates (498-491 AC.), Gelo (491/490-486/485 AC.) And Hiero (486/485-478/477 AC.) were successively tyrants of Gela before winning at Syracuse. The last tyrant was Polyzalos (AC 478/477-466.) Before the restoration of democracy in 466 BC as Syracuse. The city experienced an extraordinary economic and artistic development between 450 and 413 BC The Athenian expedition, the reaction of Syracuse altered this situation. Gela finally fell under the blows of the Carthaginians during the invasion of 405 BC The city was destroyed, was never to recover from.

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