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bgr_664719 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Seize litrai

SICILY - SYRACUSE Seize litrai AU/MS
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Item sold on our e-shop (2021)
Price : 2 500.00 €
Type : Seize litrai
Date: c. 240-216 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile
Metal : silver
Diameter : 27 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 13,02 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Superbe exemplaire sur un flan bien centré des deux côtés, légèrement fissuré à 7h au droit. Revers de toute beauté, bien venu à la frappe et de très bon style. Patine grise de collection
Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant de la collection Niels

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête voilée et diadémée de Philistis à gauche ; derrière, un épi.

Reverse


Reverse description : Niké dans un quadrige galopant à droite, tenant les rênes et le kentron ; au-dessus, un croissant et aux pieds des chevaux, à droite, un épi de blé.
Reverse legend : BASILISSAS / FILISTIDOS / KIS.
Reverse translation : (de la 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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