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Live auction - bgr_555744 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Statère

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Type : Statère
Date: c. 305-295 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile
Metal : silver
Diameter : 20,5 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 6,79 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale et irrégulier, au droit de toute beauté. Magnifique tête d’Athéna. Revers parfaitement centré, de haut relief bien venu à la frappe. Patine grise superficielle avec des reflets dorés


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête d'Athéna à droite, coiffée du casque corinthien ; derrière le casque, petite chouette debout à droite.


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Pégase volant à gauche.


Statère corinthien d’étalon réduit. Sur cet exemplaire, droit et revers sont inversés par rapport aux types normaux pour Corinthe et ses colonies. Ce type bien particulier, d’étalon corinthien léger semble beaucoup plus rare que ne le laissent supposer les ouvrages généraux et a été frappé à partir du moment où Agathoklès devient roi. Au revers le petit foudre qui normalement est placé sous Pégase semble absent .

Historical background


(317-289 BC)

Agathokles, tyrant of Syracuse (317-305 avant J.-C.)

Agathokles had seized power in Syracuse in 317 BC and took the title of king in 305 BC In 310, the tyrant invaded North Africa and attack Carthage, but it is defeated in 307 and must retire in Sicily. Peace, signed the following year with the hereditary enemy, devotes the Agathokles hegemony over the whole of Sicily.

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