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Live auction - bgr_554903 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Drachme

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Type : Drachme
Date: c. 343-332 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile
Metal : copper
Diameter : 27,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 26,14 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Flan épais et bien centré. Belle tête de Zeus, bien détaillée. Joli revers à l’usure régulière. Patine vert foncé
Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant de la vente Gadoury de 1980, lot n° 111


Obverse description : Tête barbue et laurée de Zeus à gauche ; grènetis circulaire.
Obverse legend : ZEUS EL-EUQERIOS.
Obverse translation : (Zeus Eleutherios).


Reverse description : Cheval libre bondissant à gauche ; grènetis circulaire.
Reverse legend : SURA-K//OSIWN.
Reverse translation : (de Syracuse).


Ce type est parfois décrit comme un hémilitron, mais aussi parfois comme une litra ou un dilitron.

Historical background


(344-317 BC)

Timoleon (344-317 avant J.-C.)

After the assassination of Dion in 354 BC, a period of instability followed for ten years. Timoleon, a native of Corinth, landed in Sicily in 344 BC and took control of Syracuse. He restored the Greek hegemony in Sicily in chasing after the Battle of Carthage in 339 BC Crimisus He formed a democratic government which unfortunately was not him survive Agathokles seizing power from 317 before J .-C. Nevertheless, for twenty years, Syracuse enjoyed a period of peace that allowed him to restore its finances and develop a major program of urban construction, with the return of agricultural prosperity.

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