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E-auction 353-266645 - bgr_568537 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Litra

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Estimate : 65 €
Price : 12 €
Maximum bid : 17 €
End of the sale : 20 January 2020 14:02:30
bidders : 5 bidders
Type : Litra
Date: c. 240-215 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 19 mm
Orientation dies : 10 h.
Weight : 7,25 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire à l’usure importante, lisible et identifiable. Patine marron


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


Reverse description : Tête de trident ornementée, accostée de deux dauphins, la tête en bas ; grènetis circulaire.
Reverse legend : IERO-NOS/ L[U].


Émission très importante avec de nombreuses variétés de lettres.

Historical background


(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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