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E-auction 419-330674 - bgr_660500 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Onkia, (PB, Æ 14)

SICILY - SYRACUSE Onkia, (PB, Æ 14) VF
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Estimate : 150 €
Price : 360 €
Maximum bid : 390 €
End of the sale : 26 April 2021 14:02:00
bidders : 9 bidders
Type : Onkia, (PB, Æ 14)
Date: c. 425 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 15,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 1,84 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Flan ovale, centré. Usure régulière. Jolie pieuvre. Patine foncée
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse description : Tête d’Aréthuse de trois quarts de face à droite, les cheveux flottants.

Reverse


Reverse description : Pieuvre, vue de dessus.

Commentary


La série avec la tête d’Aréthuse de trois quarts de face est la plus rare des émissions avec la pieuvre au revers. La collection de l’American Numismatic Society ne recèle que quatre exemplaires de cette rare variante, tous légers (de 1,71 g à 1,95 g). Cette pièce est décrite dans les ouvrages comme un tétras, au vue des poids, il faut plutôt y voir une onkai .

Historical background


SICILY - SYRACUSE

(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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