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Live auction - bgr_646900 - SICILY - MESSANA Litra

SICILY - MESSANA Litra AU
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Estimate : 600 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 27 April 2021 14:14:55
Type : Litra
Date: c. 264-241 AC.
Mint name / Town : Messine, Sicile
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 26,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 15,59 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire centré. Joli portrait. Revers agréable. Patine vert foncé

Obverse


Obverse description : Tête laurée d’Arès (Mars) à droite, les cheveux courts ; derrière la tête, un casque.
Obverse legend : AREOS.

Reverse


Reverse description : Aigle debout à gauche sur un foudre, les ailes ouvertes ; grènetis circulaire.
Reverse legend : MAMER//TINWN.
Reverse translation : (des Mamertins).

Historical background


SICILY - MESSINA

(288-38 BC)

The Mamertines

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. It 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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