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E-auction 201-130005 - bgr_396305 - SICILY - HIMERA Hemilitron

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Estimate : 150 €
Price : 126 €
Maximum bid : 126 €
End of the sale : 20 February 2017 14:03:30
bidders : 12 bidders
Type : Hemilitron
Date: c. 420-408 AC.
Mint name / Town : Sicile, Himère
Metal : copper
Diameter : 16 mm
Orientation dies : 11 h.
Weight : 3,51 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale bien centré. Belle tête de la nymphe. Joli revers de haut relief. Très belle patine vert olive foncé


Obverse legend : LÉGENDE RÉTROGRADE.
Obverse description : Tête de la nymphe Himera à gauche, les cheveux retenus par un sphendone ; devant le visage, six globules ; grènetis circulaire.
Obverse legend : IM-E.
Obverse translation : (Himère).


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Six globules dans une couronne végétale ; grènetis circulaire.


Poids très léger. Dans certains ouvrages, la couronne du revers est décrite comme étant constituée de deux branches de laurier.

Historical background


(420-408 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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