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Live auction - bgr_829197 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Tétradrachme

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Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 305-295 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile ou Afrique
Metal : silver
Diameter : 25 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 17,03 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Magnifique exemplaire sur un flan idéalement centré des deux côtés. Revers de toute beauté, finement détaillé. Joli portrait. Patine grise avec de légers reflets dorés


Obverse description : Tête de Perséphone (Koré) à droite, couronnée d'épis avec boucles d'oreille et collier, les cheveux longs.
Obverse legend : KORAS, (Koras).
Obverse translation : (Koré).


Reverse description : Niké debout à droite, les ailes déployées couronnant un trophée de la main gauche et tenant un marteau de la main droite ; dans le champ inférieur à gauche, un triskèle.
Reverse legend : AGAQOKLEIOS, (Agaqokleios).
Reverse translation : (d’Agathoklès).

Historical background


(317-289 BC)

Agathokles king of Syracuse

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 was 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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