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Live auction - bgr_686826 - SICILY - SELINUS Tétradrachme

SICILY - SELINUS Tétradrachme VF
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Estimate : 2 000 €
Price : 1 200 €
Maximum bid : 1 300 €
End of the sale : 06 September 2022 14:05:25
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 450-440 AC.
Mint name / Town : Sélinonte, Sicile
Metal : silver
Diameter : 27,5 mm
Orientation dies : 11 h.
Weight : 16,02 g.
Rarity : R2
slab NGC
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan bien centré à l’usure importante, lisible et identifiable. Patine de collection ancienne
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient du stoc de J.-B. Vigne le 22 novembre 1985. Exemplaire sous coque NGC Ch F (Strike 5/5, Surface 2/5)


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Artémis et Apollon dans un quadrige à gauche : Artémis tient les rênes des deux mains et Apollon arme son arc d’une flèche.
Obverse legend : SELIN-ONTI-ON.


Reverse description : Le dieu-fleuve Sélinos, nu debout à gauche, tenant une phiale de la main droite et une branche de laurier de la main gauche, sacrifiant au-dessus d'un autel orné d'un coq tourné à gauche ; derrière Sélinos sur une base, timbrée, un taureau tourné à gauche surmonté d'une feuille de sélinon.
Reverse legend : S-EL-I-N-O-S.
Reverse translation : (de Sélinonte).


Poids léger. Malgré une usure prononcée, ce tétradrachme est parfaitement identifiable.

Historical background


(5th century BC)

Selinunte was founded by Megarian settlers. The new coinage begins after 466 BC when Selinunte experienced great economic prosperity. The aggression against Segesta, in 413 BC, provoked the intervention of Athens in Sicily and the disastrous expedition of Alcibiades recounted by Thucydides in the Peloponnesian War. The city emerged victorious from this first test, but could not resist the Carthaginian invasion. The city, besieged, was destroyed in 409 BC and came under Carthaginian domination.

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