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Live auction - bgr_756191 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Seize litrai

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Estimate : 1 800 €
Price : 1 750 €
Maximum bid : 3 000 €
End of the sale : 07 March 2023 14:03:45
bidders : 7 bidders
Type : Seize litrai
Date: c. 250 AC
Mint name / Town : Syracusa
Metal : silver
Diameter : 29 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 14,03 g.
Rarity : R3
slab NGC
Coments on the condition:
Très bel exemplaire sur un flan bien centré des deux côtés. Beau portrait au droit ainsi qu’un revers agréable présentant une fine usure superficielle. Patine grise de collection
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Exemplaire sous coque NGC Ch XF (Strike 5/5, Surface 2/5), Fine Style


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


Reverse description : Niké dans un quadrige galopant à droite, tenant les rênes et le kentron ; sous les chevaux E.
Reverse translation : (Reine Philistis).

Historical background


(274-216 BC)

Hiero II, king of Syracuse

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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