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Live auction - bgr_442847 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Drachme ou hemistatère

SICILY - SYRACUSE Drachme ou hemistatère AU
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Estimate : 4 500 €
Price : 2 800 €
Maximum bid : 2 800 €
End of the sale : 12 September 2017 14:07:20
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Drachme ou hemistatère
Date: c. 317-310 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile
Metal : gold
Diameter : 16 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 4,28 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan parfaitement centré des deux côtés. Très belle tête d’Apollon de style fin. Revers bien venu à la frappe. Patine de collection
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête laurée d’Apollon à gauche ; un épi d’orge derrière la tête.


Reverse description : Bige galopant à droite, conduit par un aurige, tenant les rênes et le kentron ; au-dessous, un triskèle.
Reverse legend : SUR-A-KO-SIWN.
Reverse translation : (de Syracuse).

Historical background


(317-289 BC)

Agathokles, tyrant of Syracuse (317-305 avant J.-C.)

Agathokles had seized power in Syracuse in 317 BC and took the title of king in 305 BC In 310, the tyrant invaded North Africa and attack Carthage, but it is defeated in 307 and must retire in Sicily. Peace, signed the following year with the hereditary enemy, devotes the Agathokles hegemony over the whole of Sicily.

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