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Live auction - bgr_340723 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Seize litrai

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Estimate : 2 500 €
Price : 1 500 €
Maximum bid : 1 750 €
End of the sale : 03 December 2014 14:04:00
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Seize litrai
Date: c. 250 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile
Metal : silver
Diameter : 29,5 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 14,03 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan très large et complet des deux côtés avec un magnifique portrait, légèrement éclaté à 10 et à 4 heures. Revers de toute beauté avec un haut relief. Magnifique patine de médaillier avec des reflets bleutés acier
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de MONNAIES IV, n° 19 et de MONNAIES 34, n° 70. Certificat d’exportation


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête voilée et diadémée de Philistis à gauche ; derrière, une couronne et un petit sigma.


Reverse description : Niké dans un quadrige au pas à droite, tenant les rênes ; devant le quadrige, un petit phi.
Reverse translation : (Reine Philistis).


Mêmes coins de droit que les exemplaires de l’American Numismatic Society (ANS. 870 et 871). Trace de cassure de coin, perceptible au revers au-dessus de la Niké.

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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