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Live auction - bgr_840736 - SICILY - NAXOS Litra

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Estimate : 700 €
Price : 350 €
Maximum bid : 700 €
End of the sale : 05 September 2023 14:01:20
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Litra
Date: c. 461-430AC.
Mint name / Town : Sicile, Naxos
Metal : silver
Diameter : 12,5 mm
Orientation dies : 9 h.
Weight : 1,21 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée. Usure importante mais exemplaire bien identifiable. Portrait agréable. Patine grise
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête barbue de Dionysos à droite.
Obverse legend : NAXI.
Obverse translation : (de Naxos).


Reverse description : Grappe de raisin entouré de feuilles de vigne.

Historical background


(5th century BC)

Naxos is the oldest Greek colony in Sicily. It was founded by Chalcidians coming from Euboea in 734 BC. The city was located on the eastern coast of the island, near the city of Taromenion at the foot of Mount Taormina, not far from Etna. In 490 BC, Hippocrates of Gela submitted the city. In 476 BC, Hieron transplanted the populations of Catania and Naxos to Leontini. The city regained its independence in 461 BC. The city then experienced significant development between 450 and 404 BC, when it was finally destroyed by Dionysius of Syracuse..

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