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Live auction - bgr_739324 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Tétradrachme

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Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 405-395 AC.
Mint name / Town : Sicile, Syracuse
Metal : silver
Diameter : 25 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 16,99 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale, irrégulier et éclaté. Jolie composition élancée au droit. Très belle tête d’Aréthuse au revers. Jolie patine de médaillier avec des reflets dorés


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


Reverse legend : LÉGENDE RÉTROGRADE.
Reverse description : Tête d'Aréthuse à droite avec collier et boucles d’oreille, les cheveux retenus dans un sphendoné, entourée de quatre dauphins.
Reverse legend : [SURAKOSIWN/ IM].
Reverse translation : (de Syracuse).


Tétradrachme signé IM au revers. Mêmes coins que l’exemplaire de la collection Pozzi, n° 621.

Historical background


(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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