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E-auction 545-469856 - bgr_755321 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Litra

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Estimate : 100 €
Price : 57 €
Maximum bid : 60 €
End of the sale : 25 September 2023 14:02:00
bidders : 14 bidders
Type : Litra
Date: c. 240-215 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 19 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 6,75 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan bien centré à l’usure beaucoup plus marquée au revers qu’au droit. Patine marron foncé


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/ o-F].


Émission très importante avec de nombreuses variétés de lettres.

Historical background


(274-216 BC)

Hieronymus, King of Syracuse

Around 270 BC, Hieron had married Philistis, a descendant of Dionysius the Elder (405-367 AC.), tyrant of Syracuse. Hieron claimed to have for ancestor Gelon himself (485-478 AC.), founder of the Syracusan power. An officer in Pyrrhus' army, he replaced the king after his departure in 274 BC and, during his very long reign, tried to maintain an uneasy balance between the Romans and the Carthaginians. After the First Punic War ended in 241 BC, Sicily became Roman and Syracuse's days were numbered.

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