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Live auction - bgr_612343 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Seize litrai

SICILY - SYRACUSE Seize litrai AU
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Starting price : 1 500 €
Estimate : 2 500 €
Price : 3 000 €
Maximum bid : 3 200 €
End of the sale : 08 September 2020 14:06:36
bidders : 6 bidders
Type : Seize litrai
Date: c. 240-216 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile
Metal : silver
Diameter : 27 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 13,57 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Superbe exemplaire, idéalement centré des deux côtés. Magnifique revers de style fin. Très beau portrait. Patine grise de collection
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête voilée et diadémée de Philistis à gauche ; derrière, une couronne ; une étoile dans le champ à droite.

Reverse


Reverse description : Niké dans un quadrige au pas à droite, tenant les rênes ; une étoile au-dessus.
Reverse legend : BASILISSAS// FILISTIDOS.
Reverse translation : (Reine Philistis).

Historical background


SICILY - SYRACUSE

(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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