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Live auction - bgr_544783 - SICILY - SICULO-PUNIC - ENTELLA Tétradrachme

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Starting price : 2 800 €
Estimate : 4 500 €
Price : 2 800 €
Maximum bid : 2 800 €
End of the sale : 10 September 2019 14:07:09
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 320/315 - 305/300 AC.
Mint name / Town : Machanat (Le Camp), Entella, Sicile
Metal : silver
Diameter : 25 mm
Orientation dies : 1 h.
Weight : 16,78 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan épais, un peu court sur les dauphins au droit. Très belle tête d’Aréthuse au droit, bien détaillée ainsi qu’une jolie tête de cheval. Patine grise de collection
Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant de la collection Luc Corso


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête de Tanit (Perséphone ou Aréthuse) à droite, la coiffure ornée d'épis avec un collier de perles et boucle d'oreille, entourée de quatre dauphins ; sous le menton, un pétoncle.


Reverse description : Tête et cou de cheval à gauche ; derrière un palmier.


Ce type avec la tête de Tanit (Perséphone) est beaucoup plus rare que ne le laissent supposer les ouvrages généraux avec un unique coin de droit pour cette série.

Historical background


(Fourth century BC)

City of western Sicily near the rock of Entella, near the Elimi territory. The city was founded by the eponymous hero Entello. The city enjoyed a certain importance in the fifth and fourth centuries BC before to fall back into anonymity. Populated by Campanian mercenaries in the late fifth century BC, after eliminating the population of the city, Entella rallied to the Carthaginians, hirelings by them. The city remained in effect under Carthaginian until 368/367 BC when Dionysius the Elder captured the city and turned against his protectors. The Carthaginians took Entella in 345/344 BC Timoleon took the city three years after the end but had to go to 338 under a treaty with the Carthaginians that determined a boundary line of the Halykos . Finally at the end of the Punic wars, Entella became tributary to the Romans. The city also played a role during the Civil Wars between Sextus Pompey on one side, Marc Antony and Octavian on the other.

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