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E-auction 325-241074 - SICILY - MESSANA Pentonkion

SICILY - MESSANA Pentonkion XF/VF
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Estimate : 120 €
Price : 46 €
Maximum bid : 47 €
End of the sale : 08 July 2019 14:01:00
bidders : 13 bidders
Type : Pentonkion
Date: c. 230-200 AC.
Mint name / Town : Messine, Sicile
Metal : copper
Diameter : 29 mm
Orientation dies : 7 h.
Weight : 10,01 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie légèrement décentré au droit mais belle tête de Zeus. Usure régulière. Patine verte

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête laurée de Zeus à droite; grènetis circulaire.

Reverse


Reverse description : Hoplite nu (Arès), casqué, tenant une javeline transversale de la main droite et un bouclier de la gauche.
Reverse legend : [MAMERTINWN]/ P.
Reverse translation : (des Mamertains/ Pentonkion).

Commentary


Poids léger.

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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