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Live auction - bgr_612349 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Tétradrachme

SICILY - SYRACUSE Tétradrachme AU/MS
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Starting price : 2 000 €
Estimate : 3 500 €
Price : 3 800 €
Maximum bid : 3 800 €
End of the sale : 08 September 2020 14:05:40
bidders : 7 bidders
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 310-305 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracusa
Metal : silver
Diameter : 25 mm
Orientation dies : 7 h.
Weight : 16,98 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Magnifique exemplaire, idéalement centré des deux côtés. Métal légèrement corrodé sur le flan entre 8h et 10h. Superbe revers, bien venu à la frappe, finement détaillé et d’un beau relief. Patine grise de collection
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse description : Tête de Perséphone (ou Aréthuse) à gauche, couronnée d'épis avec des boucles d'oreilles et un collier de perles, entourée de trois dauphins.
Obverse legend : NI.

Reverse


Reverse description : Quadrige bondissant à gauche conduit par un aurige, tenant les rênes et le kentron ; au-dessus, triskèle ; ligne d'exergue.
Reverse legend : SURAKOSIWN/ (AI).
Reverse translation : (de Syracuse).

Historical background


SICILY - SYRACUSE

(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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