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bgr_466624 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Double litrai

SICILY - SYRACUSE Double litrai AU/XF
150.00 €(Approx. 166.50$ | 133.50£)
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Type : Double litrai
Date: c. 250 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile
Metal : copper
Diameter : 27 mm
Orientation dies : 8 h.
Weight : 18,06 g.
Rarity : R1
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Exemplaire sur un flan large et épais, bien centré des deux côtés avec les grènetis visibles. Très belle tête de Hiéron II. Frappe un peu molle au revers. Patine marron foncé

Obverse


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

Reverse


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

Commentary


Sur cet exemplaire, nous n’avons pas de symbole derrière la tête qui semble juvénile.

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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