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bgr_844893 - SICILY - HIMERA Hemidrachme

SICILY - HIMERA Hemidrachme AU
850.00 €(Approx. 926.50$ | 714.00£)
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Type : Hemidrachme
Date: c. 420-415 AC.
Mint name / Town : Himère, Sicile
Metal : silver
Diameter : 15,5 mm
Orientation dies : 7 h.
Weight : 1,97 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée. Très belle représentation du droit. Fine usure régulière. Patine grise
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Cavalier nu à droite sur une chèvre se cabrant, soufflant dans un conque tenu de la main droite et tenant un caducée de la main gauche.
Obverse legend : IMERAION.

Reverse


Reverse legend : N-I-K-A.
Reverse description : Niké (Victoire) volant à gauche, les ailes déployées, tenant un aphlaston (aplustre) de la main droite et sa robe de la main gauche.
Reverse translation : (Victoire).

Commentary


Ce type semble infiniment plus rare que ne le laissent supposer les ouvrages généraux. Manque aux principaux ouvrages consultés.

Historical background


SICILY - HIMERA

(5th century BC)

Himère, a Chalcidian colony, was founded by inhabitants of Zancle in 648 BC. The city was taken by Théron, tyrant of Agrigento in 482 BC, and its population deported. After the end of the "akragantine" domination in 472 BC, the city underwent significant economic development until its final destruction by the Carthaginian forces in 408 BC. Its population, which had counted up to 'to 40,000 inhabitants, then took refuge in Therma.

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