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Live auction - bgr_463749 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Litra

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Estimate : 280 €
Price : 210 €
Maximum bid : 250 €
End of the sale : 30 January 2018 14:02:00
bidders : 4 bidders
Type : Litra
Date: c. 317-310 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 16 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 3,19 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire de qualité exceptionnelle sur un petit flan bien centré des deux côtés. Magnifique tête de Koré. Joli revers. Belle patine marron foncé


Obverse description : Tête de Koré (Perséphone) à gauche, couronné avec des épis ; derrière, un bucrane.
Obverse legend : SURAKOSIWN.
Obverse translation : (de Syracuse).


Reverse description : Taureau chargeant à gauche ; au-dessus, un monogramme.
Reverse legend : (HR).


Sur notre exemplaire, nous avons un bucrane au lieu de la grappe de raisin. Le revers est très proche des petits bronzes de Marseille au taureau chargeant. Le monogramme du revers se retrouve sur de nombreux bronzes de la même période et aussi sur le monnayage d’argent d’Agathoklès.

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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