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Live auction - bgr_621661 - SICILY - SICULO-PUNIC - ENTELLA Tétradrachme

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Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 320/315 - 305/300 AC.
Mint name / Town : Entella, Sicile
Metal : silver
Diameter : 29,5 mm
Orientation dies : 10 h.
Weight : 17,21 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale, très large et irrégulier parfaitement centré des deux côtés avec le grènetis visible au revers. Tête de toute beauté au droit, légèrement figée dans l’expression du visage. Revers de haut relief avec une paille de métal près de la bouche du cheval. Jolie patine de médaillier avec des reflets mordorés


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête de Tanit (Perséphone ou Aréthuse) à gauche, la coiffure ornée d'épis avec un collier de perles et des boucles d'oreilles, entourée de quatre dauphins.


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


C’est le seul type avec la tête de cheval à droite. Jenkins avait recensé seulement dix exemplaires avec cette combinaison de coin dont l’exemplaire de la collection de Hirsch à Bruxelles (837). Le coin de droit a été utilisé pour plusieurs autres numéros (Jenkins 177 à 180).

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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