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Live auction - bgr_467495 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Hémidrachme

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Estimate : 550 €
Price : 320 €
Maximum bid : 320 €
End of the sale : 06 March 2018 14:10:13
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Hémidrachme
Date: c. 343 - 339/338 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile
Metal : copper
Diameter : 23 mm
Orientation dies : 5 h.
Weight : 13,67 g.
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan bien centré des deux côtés. Belle tête de Zeus. Joli revers. Jolie patine vert foncé
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la collection M. P


Obverse description : Tête laurée et barbue de Zeus Eleutherios à droite ; grènetis circulaire.
Obverse legend : ZEUS ELEU-QE-RIOS.
Obverse translation : (Zeus Eleutherios).


Reverse description : Foudre vertical, un aigle dans le champ à droite ; grènetis circulaire.
Reverse legend : SURAKO-[SIW]N.
Reverse translation : (de Syracuse).


Pour ce type, nous avons deux types de différents accostant le foudre au revers (grain d’orge ou aigle) et un revers sans différent qui semble plus rare. Cette variété avec l’aigle semble la plus courante. Début de cassure de coin perceptible au revers.

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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