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bgr_576856 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Tétradrachme “d’Eumène”

SICILY - SYRACUSE Tétradrachme  “d’Eumène” VF
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Type : Tétradrachme “d’Eumène”
Date: c. 415-405 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracusa
Metal : silver
Diameter : 27 mm
Orientation dies : 4 h.
Weight : 16,98 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Flan légèrement décentré. Usure importante mais la monnaie reste bien lisible. Patine grise de collection
Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant du stock de J-B Vigne (1984)

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Quadrige galopant au pas à gauche, conduit par un aurige tenant les rênes et le kentron ; l’aurige est couronné par Niké volant à droite.

Reverse


Reverse description : Tête d'Aréthuse à gauche, les cheveux relevés en arrière, terminés par un chignon, entourée de quatre dauphins.
Reverse legend : SURAKOSION ; EUMHNOU.

Historical background


SICILY - SYRACUSE

(405-367 BC)

Dionysius the Elder (405-367 avant J.-C.)

During the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC), Syracuse had to face on his land the dreaded Athenian expedition from 415 BC Nicias and Alcibiades. After the first recall, the Athenian fleet was sunk in the harbor of Syracuse and the Athenians were defeated on Assinarios in 413 BC, Nicias killed and the survivors of the Athenian army condemned to forced labor in stone quarries (latomie). In 409, the Carthaginians invaded the island again and seized Selinus and Himera and Agrigento in 405 BC Dionysius of Syracuse seized power and drives the invaders in 397 J .-C. reign of Dionysius lasted another thirty years and is Timoleon who succeeded him.

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