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Live auction - bgr_655496 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Hemilitron

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Estimate : 450 €
Price : 250 €
Maximum bid : 250 €
End of the sale : 27 April 2021 14:17:44
bidders : 1 bidder
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, tyranus of Syracuse

Agathokles had seized power in Syracuse in 317 BC and assumed the title of king in 305 BC. In 310 the tyrant invaded North Africa and attacked Carthage, but he was defeated in 307 and must retire to Sicily. Peace, signed the following year with the hereditary enemy, consecrates the hegemony of Agathokles over all Sicily.

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