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Live auction - bgr_579204 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Tétradrachme

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Estimate : 2 200 €
Price : 1 700 €
Maximum bid : 1 800 €
End of the sale : 16 June 2020 14:04:02
bidders : 4 bidders
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 305-295 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile ou Afrique
Metal : silver
Diameter : 28 mm
Orientation dies : 1 h.
Weight : 17,73 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire de qualité exceptionnelle sur un flan large, idéalement centré des deux côtés. Revers de toute beauté avec tous les détails bien visibles. Patine grise de collection


Obverse description : Tête de Perséphone (Koré) à droite, couronnée d'épis avec boucles d'oreille et collier, les cheveux longs.
Obverse legend : KORAS, (Koras).
Obverse translation : (Koré).


Reverse description : Niké debout à droite, les ailes déployées couronnant un trophée de la main gauche et tenant un marteau de la main droite ; dans le champ inférieur à gauche, un triskèle.
Reverse legend : AGAQOKLEIOS, (Agaqokleios).
Reverse translation : (d’Agathoklès).

Historical background


(317-289 BC)

Agathokles, King of Syracuse

Agathokles had seized power in Syracuse in 317 BC and had taken the title of king in 305 BC. In 310, the tyrant invaded North Africa and attacked Carthage, but he was defeated in 307 and had to retire to Sicily. Peace, signed the following year with the hereditary enemy, consecrates the hegemony of Agathokles over all Sicily.

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