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Live auction - bgr_456282 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Double litrai

SICILY - SYRACUSE Double litrai AU
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Estimate : 380 €
Price : 381 €
Maximum bid : 391 €
End of the sale : 31 October 2017 14:09:34
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Double litrai
Date: c. 250 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile
Metal : copper
Diameter : 27,5 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 19,20 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan épais, bien centré des deux côtés. Belle tête de Hiéron II. Cavalier de style fin bien venu à la frappe. Jolie patine vert foncé
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient du stock de Dionysos numismatique

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête diadémée de Hiéron II à gauche.

Reverse


Reverse legend : A L'EXERGUE.
Reverse description : Cavalier galopant à droite, tenant une javeline transversale ; deux lettres sous le cheval.
Reverse legend : IERWNOS/ (AR).

Commentary


Poids lourd.

Historical background


SICILY - SYRACUSE

(274-216 BC)

Hiero II, king of Syracuse (274-216 avant J.-C.)

Around 270 BC, Hiero had married Philistis, a descendant of Dionysius (405-367 AC.), Tyrant of Syracuse. Hiero claimed to have ancestor Gelo himself (485-478 AC.), Founder of the Syracusan power. Officer of the army of Pyrrhus, king after he replaced his departure in 274 BC, and during his long reign, tried to maintain a difficult balance between the Romans and the Carthaginians. After the end of the first Punic War in 241 BC, Sicily became a Roman and Syracuse days were numbered.

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