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Live auction - bgr_467493 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Litra

SICILY - SYRACUSE Litra AU
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bgr_467493
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Type : Litra
Date: c. 400-367 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 20 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 9,417,98 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan épais et irrégulier bien centré des deux côtés. Belle tête laurée d’Athéna. Joli revers. Patine vert foncé
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient du stock d’Hubert Lanz et de la collection M. P

Obverse


Obverse legend : LÉGENDE RÉTROGRADE.
Obverse description : Tête d’Athéna à gauche, coiffée du casque corinthien lauré, entourée de dauphins (deux ou trois).
Obverse legend : SURA.
Obverse translation : (Syracuse).

Reverse


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Hippocampe à gauche avec les ailes incurvées.

Commentary


Exemplaire sur un petit flan épais.

Historical background


SICILY - SYRACUSE

(405-367 BC)

Dionysius the Elder (405-367 avant J.-C.)

During the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC), Syracuse 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 and the Athenians were defeated on Assinarios in 413 BC, Nicias killed and the survivors of the Athenian army condemned to forced labor in stone quarries (latomie). 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 in 397 J .-C. reign of Dionysius lasted another thirty years and is Timoleon who succeeded him.

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