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Live auction - bgr_541354 - SICILY - GELA Tétradrachme

SICILY - GELA Tétradrachme XF
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Starting price : 700 €
Estimate : 2 000 €
Price : 700 €
Maximum bid : 899 €
End of the sale : 10 September 2019 14:03:44
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 465-450 AC.
Mint name / Town : Géla, Sicile
Metal : silver
Diameter : 28,5 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 16,75 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale, éclaté à divers endroits mais bien centré. Usure régulière. Joli protomé de taureau. Patine grise de collection
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Bige au pas à droite, conduit par un aurige, tenant les rênes et le kentron ; derrière, une colonne ionique.

Reverse


Reverse legend : LÉGENDE AU-DESSUS DU TAUREAU.
Reverse description : Protomé de taureau androcéphale du dieu fleuve Gélas à droite avec la barbe longue et pointue.
Reverse legend : GELAS.
Reverse translation : (Géla).

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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