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Live auction - bgr_544002 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Tétradrachme

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Estimate : 1 200 €
Price : 1 305 €
Maximum bid : 1 520 €
End of the sale : 10 September 2019 14:05:14
bidders : 4 bidders
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 425-420 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracusa
Metal : silver
Diameter : 24 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 17,25 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan un peu court au droit. Jolie tête de nymphe au revers avec une coiffure élaborée. Belle patine de collection ancienne
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la collection Niels


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


Reverse description : Tête d'Aréthuse à droite, les cheveux relevés et retenus par un saccos, entourée de quatre dauphins.
Reverse legend : SURAKOSION.
Reverse translation : (de Syracuse).


Mêmes coins que l’exemplaire de la collection de l’American Numismatic Society (ANS. 242).

Historical background


(5th century BC)


After the disappearance of Hieron in 467 and the usurpation of Thrasybulus, democracy was established in 466 BC in Syracuse as in most Sicilian cities. The city then experienced a great period of economic and political expansion radiating throughout the island. Simultaneously, it had to fight against the Etruscans and especially against the Carthaginians who periodically tried to settle or, at least, to control eastern Sicily. During the Peloponnesian War, she had to face on her ground the formidable Athenian expedition led from 415 BC by Alcibiades and Nicias. After the recall of the former, the Athenian fleet was cast in the port of Syracuse, Nicias put to death, and the survivors of the Athenian army condemned to hard labor in the stone quarries. In 409, the Carthaginians invaded the island again and seized Selinunte and Himera, then Agrigento in 405 BC. Dionysius of Syracuse seized power and drove back the invaders.

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