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E-auction 342-256627 - SICILY - GELA Tetras

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Estimate : 150 €
Price : 66 €
Maximum bid : 76 €
End of the sale : 04 November 2019 14:00:30
bidders : 8 bidders
Type : Tetras
Date: c. 420-405 AC.
Mint name / Town : Géla, Sicile
Metal : copper
Diameter : 17,5 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 3,40 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie sur un flan bien centré des deux côtés. Beau portrait. Patine marron
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Taureau passant à droite ; au-dessus, une branche d’olivier avec deux olives ; trois globules à l’exergue ; grènetis circulaire.


Reverse description : Tête imberbe diadémée et cornue du dieu fleuve Gelas à droite, les cheveux tombant sur le cou derrière, un grain d’orge ; grènetis circulaire perlé.
Reverse legend : GEL-AS.
Reverse translation : (Géla).


Tête particulière du dieu Gelas. Ce type avec la branche d’olivier au-dessus du taureau au droit doit être un peu plus tardive et commémore peut-être un événement particulier, mais elle n’est pas visible sur notre exemplaire. G. Buceti a recensé dix-huit exemplaires avec des poids allant de 3,00 à 5,12 g.

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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