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Live auction - bgr_739324 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Tétradrachme

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Estimate : 3 500 €
Price : 3 600 €
Maximum bid : 3 800 €
End of the sale : 07 June 2022 14:04:31
bidders : 2 bidders
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)

Dionysos the Elder

During the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC), Syracuse had to face on its territory 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 and the Athenians were defeated on the Assinarios in 413 BC, Nicias put to death and the survivors of the Athenian army condemned to hard labor in stone quarries (latomies). 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 in 397 BC .-C. The reign of Dionysius the Elder lasted another thirty years and it was Timoleon who succeeded him.

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