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Live auction - bgr_628085 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Hemilitron

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Type : Hemilitron
Date: c. 295-289 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile
Metal : copper
Diameter : 21,5 mm
Orientation dies : 1 h.
Weight : 9,06 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie idéalement centrée. Très joli revers, bien venu à la frappe. Patine marron
Catalogue references :


Obverse description : Tête d'Artémis (Diane) à droite, avec boucles d'oreille et collier ; le carquois est visible derrière la tête sur le cou ; grènetis circulaire.
Obverse legend : SWTEIRA.
Obverse translation : (salvatrice).


Reverse description : Foudre ailé ; grènetis circulaire.
Reverse legend : AGAQOKLES// BASILEOS.
Reverse translation : (Agathoklès roi).

Historical background


(317-289 BC)

Agathokles, tyrant of Syracuse (317-305 avant J.-C.)

Agathokles had seized power in Syracuse in 317 BC and took the title of king in 305 BC In 310, the tyrant invaded North Africa and attack Carthage, but it is defeated in 307 and must retire in Sicily. Peace, signed the following year with the hereditary enemy, devotes the Agathokles hegemony over the whole of Sicily.

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