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Live auction - bgr_421528 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Tétradrachme

SICILY - SYRACUSE Tétradrachme AU
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Estimate : 1 500 €
Price : 1 250 €
Maximum bid : 1 380 €
End of the sale : 14 March 2017 14:03:20
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c.310-305 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile
Metal : silver
Diameter : 24 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 16,54 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale et irrégulier, bien centré des deux côtés. Beau portrait d’Aréthuse au droit. Joli revers bien venu à la frappe avec une usure superficielle. Jolie patine de collection ancienne avec des reflets mordorés, légèrement granuleuse et corrodée
Catalogue references :
Jameson- - ANS.642 - MIAMG.4952 (2750€) - GC.971 (850£) - P.642 - HGCS. 2/1348
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de MONNAIES 57, n° 41 et de la collection JMB

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 : FI.

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).

Commentary


Mêmes coins que l'exemplaire de la collection Pozzi (AC. I, Naville, 4 avril 1921, n° 642).

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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