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E-auction 326-241786 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Litra

SICILY - SYRACUSE Litra VF
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Estimate : 75 €
Price : 74 €
Maximum bid : 77 €
End of the sale : 15 July 2019 14:00:30
bidders : 8 bidders
Type : Litra
Date: c. 240-215 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 20,5 mm
Orientation dies : 2 h.
Weight : 7,10 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Flan bien centré. Usure importante mais régulière. Patine marron au droit, verte au revers
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête de Poséidon à gauche, coiffée de la tainia.

Reverse


Reverse description : Tête de trident ornementée, accostée de deux dauphins, la tête en bas.
Reverse legend : IER-WNOS.
Reverse translation : (de Hiéron).

Historical background


SICILY - SYRACUSE

(274-216 BC)

Hiero II, king of Syracuse (274-216 avant J.-C.)

Around 270 BC, Hiero had married Philistis, a descendant of Dionysius (405-367 AC.), Tyrant of Syracuse. Hiero claimed to have ancestor Gelo himself (485-478 AC.), Founder of the Syracusan power. Officer of the army of Pyrrhus, king after he replaced his departure in 274 BC, and during his long reign, tried to maintain a difficult balance between the Romans and the Carthaginians. After the end of the first Punic War in 241 BC, Sicily became a Roman and Syracuse days were numbered.

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