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bgr_229850 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Tétradrachme

1 500.00 €(Approx. 1695.00$ | 1260.00£)
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Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 450-440 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile
Metal : silver
Diameter : 26 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 17,17 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan large, ovale, irrégulier et éclaté, légèrement décentré au droit, parfaitement centré au revers avec les quatre dauphins visibles. Joli droit à l’usure régulière. Revers de très beau style, bien venu à la frappe. Belle patine de collection ancienne avec des reflets bleutés et dorés
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de Monnaies d’Antan (classé B. 508)


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 droite ; monstre marin à l’exergue.


Reverse legend : N ET S RÉTROGRADES.
Reverse description : Tête d'Aréthuse à droite, les cheveux relevés et retenus par un filet, entourée de quatre dauphins.
Reverse legend : SURAK-O-S-I-ON.


Mêmes coins que l’exemplaire de l’American Numismatic Society (ANS. 162, pl. VI).

Historical background


(Fifth century BC)

Democracy (466-413 avant J.-C.)

After the death of Hieron in 467 and the usurpation of Thrasybulus, democracy was established in 466 BC in Syracuse as in most cities of Sicily. The city then experienced a long period of economic expansion and political radiating throughout the island. Simultaneously, she had to fight against the Etruscans and especially against the Carthaginians who tried periodically to settle or at least control the eastern Sicily. During the Peloponnesian War, it 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, Nicias killed and the survivors of the Athenian army condemned to forced labor in the stone quarries. 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.

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