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Live auction - bgr_698756 - SICILY - SELINUS Hemilitron

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Starting price : 100 €
Estimate : 180 €
Price : 301 €
Maximum bid : 301 €
End of the sale : 26 October 2021 14:06:55
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Hemilitron
Date: c. 415-409 AC.
Mint name / Town : Sélinonte, Sicile
Metal : copper
Diameter : 15,5 mm
Orientation dies : 11 h.
Weight : 3,88 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire légèrement décentré au revers. Joli portrait d’Héraklès. Patine foncée


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête imberbe d’Héraklès à droite.


Reverse description : Arc et carquois vu de face.
Reverse legend : SE.
Reverse translation : (Sélinonte).


Pour ce type, G. Buceti a recensé vingt-quatre exemplaires avec des poids compris entre 3,05 et 3,82 g.

Historical background

SICILY - Selinunte

(Fifth century BC)

Selinunte was founded by settlers Megaran. The new coinage begins after 466 BC when Selinunte experiencing great economic prosperity. Aggression against Segesta in 413 BC, caused the intervention of Athens in Sicily and the disastrous expedition of Alcibiades reported by Thucydides in the Peloponnesian War. The city emerged winner of this first round, but could not resist the Carthaginian invasion. The city was besieged, was destroyed in 409 BC.

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