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Live auction - bgr_651652 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Hemilitron

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Estimate : 180 €
Price : 240 €
Maximum bid : 250 €
End of the sale : 27 April 2021 14:15:36
bidders : 4 bidders
Type : Hemilitron
Date: c. 405 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 17 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 3,35 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Flan large, centré des deux côtés. Joli revers. Agréable patine verte


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête d'Aréthuse à gauche, avec boucles d'oreille, la chevelure relevée, retenue par l’ampyx et le sphendoné ; derrière un dauphin.


Reverse description : Roue à quatre rayons avec moyeu central ; légende dans les deux cantons supérieurs et deux dauphins affrontés dans les deux cantons inférieurs.
Reverse legend : SU-RA.
Reverse translation : (Syracuse).


Sur certains exemplaires, nous avons un dauphin ou un grain d’orge, parfois une ou plusieurs lettres pour une signature.

Historical background


(405-367 BC)

Dionysos the Elder

During the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC), Syracuse had to face on its territory the formidable Athenian expedition led from 415 BC by Alcibiades and Nicias. After the recall of the former, the Athenian fleet was sunk in the port of Syracuse and the Athenians were defeated on the Assinarios in 413 BC, Nicias put to death and the survivors of the Athenian army condemned to hard labor in stone quarries (latomies). In 409, the Carthaginians invaded the island again and seized Selinunte and Himera, then Agrigento in 405 BC. Dionysius of Syracuse seized power and drove back the invaders in 397 BC .-C. The reign of Dionysius the Elder lasted another thirty years and it was Timoleon who succeeded him.

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