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bgr_529293 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Double litrai

SICILY - SYRACUSE Double litrai VF
150.00 €(Approx. 166.50$ | 124.50£)
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Type : Double litrai
Date: c. 240-215 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracusa
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 27 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 16,65 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale à l’usure importante, identifiable. Patin marron. A été nettoyé anciennement
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête diadémée de Hiéron II à gauche ; derrière, un symbole non visible.

Reverse


Reverse legend : A L'EXERGUE.
Reverse description : Cavalier galopant à droite, tenant une javeline transversale.
Reverse legend : IERWNOS/ SW.

Commentary


Poids léger..

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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