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Live auction - bgr_562604 - SICILY - MESSANA Litra

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Type : Litra
Date: c. 343-338 AC.
Mint name / Town : Sicile, Messine
Metal : copper
Diameter : 24,5 mm
Orientation dies : 9 h.
Weight : 9,90 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan large et irrégulier. Très beau portrait, de haut relief, bien venu à la frappe. Joli revers de style fin. Patine marron, hétérogène
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Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant de la collection Luc Corso


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête diadémée de la nymphe Messana à gauche.
Obverse legend : MESSAN(IWN].
Obverse translation : (des Mésséniens).


Reverse legend : T SOUS LE BIGE.
Reverse description : Bige au pas à droite, conduit par la nymphe Messana drapée, tenant les rênes de la main droite et une grande palme de la main gauche.

Historical background


(Fourth century BC)

Messina was founded by the Chalcidians to 725 BC under the name Zancle, sickle, a name that comes from the shape of the port of the city. The Samians, fleeing the Persian yoke captured the city in 493 BC and held it for four years until Anaxilas tyrant Rhegion, do hunting and renames the city, Messina. Anaxilas and his son were overthrown in 461 BC and established democracy. Messina was destroyed by the Carthaginians in 396 BC Messina, having regained some prosperity during the second half of the fourth century BC, once ravaged by an invader was again, this time above, the Oscan mercenaries who destroyed the city and massacred its inhabitants in 288 BC The new masters, the Mamertines, maintained their autonomy under the control of the Romans until the first century BC The coinage ceased in 38 BC.

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