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bgr_452166 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Litra

280.00 €(Approx. 308.00$ | 246.40£)
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Type : Litra
Date: c. 460-450 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracusa
Metal : silver
Diameter : 13 mm
Orientation dies : 9 h.
Weight : 0,982 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale très large, parfaitement centré des deux côtés avec le grènetis complet au droit. Belle tête d’Aréthuse. Frappe molle et un peu brouillée au revers. Très jolie patine de médaillier
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient du stock de CN et de la collection Laurent F


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête d'Aréthuse à droite, les cheveux relevés et retenus par un diadème de perles.


Reverse description : Poulpe vu de dessus.
Reverse legend : SU-R/A.
Reverse translation : (Syracuse).


Expression archaïsante du visage de toute beauté. Même coin de droit que l’exemplaire de la collection Nanteuil. Le coin de revers semble nouveau. Ce type avec l’ethnique au revers semble beaucoup plus rare. C’est la première fois que nous le proposons à la vente.

Historical background


(Fifth century BC)

Democracy (466-413 avant J.-C.)

After the death of Hieron in 467 and the usurpation of Thrasybulus, democracy was established in 466 BC in Syracuse as in most cities of Sicily. The city then experienced a long period of economic expansion and political radiating throughout the island. Simultaneously, she had to fight against the Etruscans and especially against the Carthaginians who tried periodically to settle or at least control the eastern Sicily. During the Peloponnesian War, it had to face on his land the dreaded Athenian expedition from 415 BC Nicias and Alcibiades. After the first recall, the Athenian fleet was sunk in the harbor of Syracuse, Nicias killed and the survivors of the Athenian army condemned to forced labor in the stone quarries. In 409, the Carthaginians invaded the island again and seized Selinus and Himera and Agrigento in 405 BC Dionysius of Syracuse seized power and drives the invaders.

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