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Live auction - bgr_683361 - SICILY - GELA Tétradrachme

SICILY - GELA Tétradrachme VF/AU
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Estimate : 2 000 €
Price : 1 200 €
Maximum bid : 1 550 €
End of the sale : 07 September 2021 14:06:44
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 420-415 AC.
Mint name / Town : Géla, Sicile
Metal : silver
Diameter : 26 mm
Orientation dies : 7 h.
Weight : 16,78 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie idéalement centrée. Très joli protomé de taureau, bien venu à la frappe. Usure plus importante au droit. Patine grise de collection


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Bige au pas à droite, conduit par un aurige, tenant les rênes et le kentron, couronné par une petite Niké volant à droite ; à l'exergue, oiseau debout à droite, battant des ailes.


Reverse description : Protomé de taureau androcéphale du dieu fleuve Gélas à droite ; le tout dans les restes d’une dépression creuse.
Reverse legend : GELAS.
Reverse translation : (Géla).

Historical background


(420-415 BC)

The coinage of Géla, founded in 688 BC by Rhodian and Cretan settlers, began around 498 BC. Gélon and Hiéron were from Géla before successively becoming tyrants of Syracuse. The city experienced economic and artistic development between 450 and 410 BC. Gela was taken and destroyed by the Carthaginians in 405 BC. On the reverse of the coins of Gela, the androcephalic bull represents a river god who could come from the metropolis of the Sicilian city, Rhodes (Caria), where the cult of the anthropomorphic god Archelus is attested.

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