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bgr_488620 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Hemilitra

250.00 €(Approx. 295.00$ | 212.50£)
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Type : Hemilitra
Date: c. 405-395 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile
Metal : silver
Diameter : 10,5 mm
Orientation dies : 9 h.
Weight : 0,40 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan irrégulier bien centré des deux côtés. Belle tête inhabituelle d’Aréthuse. Joli revers. Patine de collection ancienne
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient du stock d’Hubert Lanz et de la collection de Laurent F


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête d'Aréthuse à gauche, les cheveux retenus dans un sphendoné.


Reverse description : Légende dans une roue à quatre rayons avec moyeu central ; deux petits dauphins dans les deux rayons inférieurs de la roue.
Reverse legend : SU-RA.
Reverse translation : (Syracuse).


Ce type semble plus rare que ne le laissent supposer les ouvrages généraux. C’est la première fois que nous le proposons à la vente.

Historical background


(405-367 BC)

Dionysius the Elder (405-367 avant J.-C.)

During the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC), Syracuse had to face on his land the dreaded Athenian expedition from 415 BC Nicias and Alcibiades. After the first recall, the Athenian fleet was sunk in the harbor of Syracuse and the Athenians were defeated on Assinarios in 413 BC, Nicias killed and the survivors of the Athenian army condemned to forced labor in stone quarries (latomie). In 409, the Carthaginians invaded the island again and seized Selinus and Himera and Agrigento in 405 BC Dionysius of Syracuse seized power and drives the invaders in 397 J .-C. reign of Dionysius lasted another thirty years and is Timoleon who succeeded him.

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