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E-auction 405-317602 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Litra

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Estimate : 150 €
Price : 54 €
Maximum bid : 68 €
End of the sale : 18 January 2021 14:01:00
bidders : 15 bidders
Type : Litra
Date: c. 275 - 269/265 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 19 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 5,79 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan épais bien centré. Belle tête de koré. Frappe un peu molle au revers. Patine vert foncé


Obverse description : Tête de Koré (Perséphone) à gauche, couronné avec des épis ; derrière, une fleur de pavot ; grènetis circulaire.
Obverse legend : [SURAKOSION].
Obverse translation : (de Syracuse).


Reverse description : Taureau chargeant à gauche ; au-dessus, une massue.
Reverse legend : D /IE.


Semble complètement inédit et non recensé avec delta au revers au-dessus du taureau. Manque à tous les ouvrages consultés. Ce type est attribué par Hoover à Hiéron II, frappé entre 275 et 269/265 avant J.-C. C’est le deuxième exemplaire signalé.

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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