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E-auction 352-265247 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Hemilitron

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Estimate : 100 €
Price : 52 €
Maximum bid : 102 €
End of the sale : 13 January 2020 14:05:30
bidders : 9 bidders
Type : Hemilitron
Date: c. 275 - 269/265 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 18 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 5,79 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan bien centré. belle tête de Koré. Usure plus marquée au revers. Belle patine vert foncé


Obverse description : Tête de Koré (Perséphone) à gauche, couronné avec des épis ; grènetis circulaire.
Obverse legend : [SURAKOSION].
Obverse translation : (de Syracuse).


Reverse description : Taureau chargeant à gauche ; au-dessus, une massue.


Le revers est très proche des petits bronzes de Marseille au taureau chargeant. Série à la massue. Il n’y a pas de symbole au droit, derrière la tête de Koré. Ce type semble bien comprendre litra et hemilitron et reprend la typologie initiée par Agathoklès. Le style du droit le rapproche cependant indubitablement du monnayage de Hiéron II.

Historical background


(274-216 BC)

Hiero II, king of Syracuse (274-216 avant J.-C.)

Around 270 BC, Hiero had married Philistis, a descendant of Dionysius (405-367 AC.), Tyrant of Syracuse. Hiero claimed to have ancestor Gelo himself (485-478 AC.), Founder of the Syracusan power. Officer of the army of Pyrrhus, king after he replaced his departure in 274 BC, and during his long reign, tried to maintain a difficult balance between the Romans and the Carthaginians. After the end of the first Punic War in 241 BC, Sicily became a Roman and Syracuse days were numbered.

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