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Live auction - bgr_891540 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Seize litrai

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Estimate : 2 200 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 05 March 2024 14:04:58
Type : Seize litrai
Date: c. 240-216 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile
Metal : silver
Diameter : 27 mm
Orientation dies : 7 h.
Weight : 13,30 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Très bel exemplaire sur un flan idéalement centré des deux côtés. Joli revers, finement détaillé. Patine grise


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


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 translation : (de la reine Philistis).

Historical background


(274-216 BC)

Hieronymus, King of Syracuse

Around 270 BC, Hieron had married Philistis, a descendant of Dionysius the Elder (405-367 AC.), tyrant of Syracuse. Hieron claimed to have for ancestor Gelon himself (485-478 AC.), founder of the Syracusan power. An officer in Pyrrhus' army, he replaced the king after his departure in 274 BC and, during his very long reign, tried to maintain an uneasy balance between the Romans and the Carthaginians. After the First Punic War ended in 241 BC, Sicily became Roman and Syracuse's days were numbered.

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