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Live auction - bgr_555576 - SICILY - GELA Tétradrachme

SICILY - GELA Tétradrachme VF
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Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 465-450 AC
Mint name / Town : Géla, Sicile
Metal : silver
Diameter : 27 mm
Orientation dies : 1 h.
Weight : 16,46 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Flan légèrement décentré au droit mais bien centré au revers. Usure importante, régulière. La monnaie reste parfaitement lisible et identifiable. Joli protomé de taureau. Patine grise
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Bige au pas à gauche, conduit par un aurige, tenant les rênes et le kentron, derrière une colonne ionique ; à l'exergue, un monstre marin.

Reverse


Reverse description : Protomé de taureau androcéphale du dieu fleuve Gélas à droite couronné par une Nike.
Reverse legend : GELAS.
Reverse translation : (Géla).

Commentary


C’est la première fois que nous présentons ce type à la vente.

Historical background


Sicily - Gela

(420-415 BC)

The coinage of Gela, founded in 688 BC by colonists from Rhodes and Crete, began around 498 BC Gelo and Hiero were from Gela before becoming successively tyrants of Syracuse. The city experienced an economic and artistic development between 450 and 410 BC Gela was taken and destroyed by the Carthaginians in 405 BC In the reverse of the coins of Gela, the human-headed bull represents a river god who could come from the metropolis of the Sicilian city, Rhodes (Caria), where the cult of the anthropomorphic god is attested Archélous.

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