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E-auction 66-31420 - bgr_330655 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Litra, (MB, Æ 23)

SICILY - SYRACUSE Litra, (MB, Æ 23) VF
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Estimate : 75 €
Price : 16 €
Maximum bid : 25 €
End of the sale : 21 July 2014 15:02:30
bidders : 5 bidders
Type : Litra, (MB, Æ 23)
Date: c. 317-310 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 23,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 10,65 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan épais et irrégulier bien centré des deux côtés à l’usure très importante, mais identifiable. Patine vert olive

Obverse


Obverse description : Tête de Koré (Perséphone) à gauche, couronné avec des épis ; derrière la tête, une longue torche allumée ; grènetis circulaire.
Obverse legend : SURAKOSION.
Obverse translation : (de Syracuse).

Reverse


Reverse description : Taureau chargeant à gauche ; de chaque côté, un dauphin à gauche ; grènetis circulaire.

Commentary


Poids léger. Le revers est très proche de certains grands bronzes de Marseille au taureau chargeant.

Historical background


SICILY - SYRACUSE

(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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