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E-auction 341-255804 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Tetras

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Estimate : 150 €
Price : 67 €
Maximum bid : 100 €
End of the sale : 28 October 2019 14:03:30
bidders : 16 bidders
Type : Tetras
Date: c. après 212 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 16,5 mm
Orientation dies : 11 h.
Weight : 2,65 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan ovale bien centré à l’usure régulière, lisible et identifiable. Patine marron
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête de nymphe à droite, les cheveux couronnés de roseau ; derrière la tête, un petit dauphin.


Reverse description : Légende en trois lignes dans une couronne composite.
Reverse legend : SURA/KOSI/WN.
Reverse translation : (de Syracuse).


Pour O. Hoover, ce type serait fabriqué au IIe siècle avant J.-C. Il s’agit bien d’une divinité marine et pas d’Apollon à cause du petit dauphin placé derrière la tête.

Historical background


(212-210 BC)

Roman occupation (212-210 avant J.-C.)

After the death of Hiero in 215 BC, his nephew succeeded him, and was nicknamed "the little Hieron" to differentiate it from his august predecessor. The new monarch allied with Carthage and Hannibal who is now in southern Italy Capua. Unfortunately, he will regret this alliance was overthrown the following year and the Republic is restored. This gesture of the new rulers is not sufficient to prevent the Romans to invade Sicily and laid siege to Syracuse. Despite a fierce and support war machines designed by Archimedes, especially incendiary mirrors resistance, the city fell. Marcellus, the Roman Imperator, trying in vain to save the great scientist who was killed by a soldier. Syracuse is plundered. The Romans were masters of the whole of Sicily in 210 BC.

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