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Live auction - bgr_467506 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Hemilitron

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Estimate : 780 €
Price : 480 €
Maximum bid : 620 €
End of the sale : 06 March 2018 14:10:43
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Hemilitron
Date: c. 287-278 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 23 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 8,15 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire de qualité exceptionnelle pour ce type de monnayage sur un flan ovale, parfaitement centré des deux côtés. Magnifique tête de Zeus Hellanios. Revers de toute beauté. Très belle patine marron foncé. Conserve la plus grande partie de son brillant de frappe et de son coupant d’origine
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient du stock de Dionysos numismatic et de la collection M. P


Obverse description : Tête laurée et imberbe de Zeus Hellanios à gauche, les cheveux longs tombant sur la nuque ; grènetis circulaire.
Obverse legend : DIOS ELLANIOU.
Obverse translation : (Dieu des Grecs).


Reverse description : Aigle debout à gauche sur un foudre, les ailes ouvertes ; dans le champ à gauche, une étoile.
Reverse legend : SURAK/[OSIWN].
Reverse translation : (des Syracusains).


Sur notre exemplaire, il n’y a aucun symbole derrière la tête. Ce type avec la tête à gauche semble plus rare.

Historical background


(287-278 BC)


Hiketas strategist, succeeded Agathokles and became tyrant of Syracuse. He defeated Phintias, tyrant of Agrigento, Hyblaion, but was in turn defeated by the Carthaginians Terias and expelled thonion 279 BC before being driven out and replaced by Pyrrhus Syracuse (Diodorus , 21, 16, 6, 18,1, 22, 2, 1, 7, 2-3) [KP. 1145, lines 17-49].

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