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bgr_668379 - SICILY - GELA Litra

380.00 €(Approx. 429.40$ | 323.00£)
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Type : Litra
Date: c. 465-450 AC.
Mint name / Town : Sicile, Géla
Metal : silver
Diameter : 14 mm
Orientation dies : 1 h.
Weight : 0,76 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée à l’usure régulière. Joli revers. Patine grise
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Cheval au pas à droite, surmonté d’une couronne .


Reverse legend : LÉGENDE RÉTROGRADE.
Reverse description : Protomé de taureau androcéphale du dieu fleuve Gélas à droite .
Reverse legend : GELA.

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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