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Live auction - bgr_716477 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Double litrai

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Estimate : 500 €
Price : 280 €
Maximum bid : 480 €
End of the sale : 08 March 2022 14:05:48
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Double litrai
Date: c. 250 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile
Metal : copper
Diameter : 27 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 17,58 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie idéalement centrée présentant un très beau portrait de Hiéron II, bien détaillé. Agréable patine verte
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant de la vente CNG, 477, lot n° 56


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête diadémée de Hiéron II à gauche ; derrière un caducée vertical ; 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.

Historical background


(274-216 BC)

Hieronymus, King of Syracuse

Around 270 BC, Hieron had married Philistis, a descendant of Dionysius the Elder (405-367 AC.), tyrant of Syracuse. Hieron claimed to have for ancestor Gelon himself (485-478 AC.), founder of the Syracusan power. An officer in Pyrrhus' army, he replaced the king after his departure in 274 BC and, during his very long reign, tried to maintain an uneasy balance between the Romans and the Carthaginians. After the First Punic War ended in 241 BC, Sicily became Roman and Syracuse's days were numbered.

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