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Live auction - bgr_467507 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Double litrai

SICILY - SYRACUSE Double litrai AU
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Estimate : 750 €
Price : 450 €
Maximum bid : 525 €
End of the sale : 06 March 2018 14:11:59
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Double litrai
Date: c. 250 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile
Metal : copper
Diameter : 27 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 17,35 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan épais, parfaitement centré des deux côtés avec le grènetis visible au droit. Très jolie tête de Hiéron. Revers de style fin, bien venu à la frappe. Très belle patine verte
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la vente LANZ 163, n° 23 et de la collection M P


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


Reverse legend : A L'EXERGUE.
Reverse description : Cavalier galopant à droite se cabrant, vêtu militairement, tenant une javeline transversale ; grènetis circulaire.
Reverse legend : IERWNOS/ F.


Sur cet exemplaire, nous n’avons pas de symbole visible derrière la tête. La tête de Hiéron présente un menton en galoche.

Historical background


(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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