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An Excessively Rare Greek Silver 8 Litrae of Syracuse (Sicily), One of Two Known, the Last Issue of the Free City of Syracuse
An Excessively Rare Greek Silver 8 Litrae of Syracuse (Sicily), One of Two Known, the Last Issue of the Free City of Syracuse
Syracuse 8 litrae circa 212, AR 6.78 g. Female head l., wearing oak-wreath, earring and necklace; in field r., lighted torch. Rev. Slow quadriga l., empty but for sceptre; in upper field r., XAP. In exergue, ??????????. NAC sale 25, 2003, 125. Of the highest rarity, only the second specimen known of this historically fascinating issue. Virtually as struck and almost Fdc Ex Gorny & Mosch sale 146, 2005, 78. The long and distinguished history of Syracusan independence was threatened in the Hellenistic Age, and it is much to the credit of their king Hieron II that the city did not lose its autonomy much earlier than it did. Hieron II ruled sixty years (275-215 B.C.) – a difficult feat even under the most favourable of circumstances, but he was trapped between two powerful and warlike neighbours, Carthage and Rome. In 263 B.C. he proclaimed his allegiance to Rome, and thereafter, Syracuse prospered as the rest of Sicily was ravaged. However, toward the end of Hieron’s 92-year life, Carthage and Rome became embroiled in the Second Punic War and the fate of Syracuse changed. As if signaling the bad times ahead, Hieron’s son and intended successor, Gelon, died in 216. When the elderly Hieron died in 215, his throne passed to his 15-year-old grandson Hieronymus, who was tricked into switching his allegiance from Rome to Carthage. His disgraceful 13-month reign ended with his own assassination in 214, which forced the Syracusans to establish the short-lived ‘Fifth Republic’. Hyppocrates and Epycides, who got to power, entered into an alliance with Carthage. Roma immediately reacted by sending M. Marcellus to besiege Syracuse. After eight months Syracuse, with the help of the engineering genius of Archimedes, was still proudly resisting; the Romans were compelled to block the city by land and sea. In the meantime an army under the command of Himilcone was sent by Carthage to help Syracuse. Himilcone landed near Heraclea Minoa and took over Agrigentum. Hyppocrates, with a strong army, came out of Syracuse planning to fight M. Marcellus in the open. Although, he himself was between two fires, M. Marcellus succeeded in eluding a fatal battle and eventually entered in Syracuse because the city has been left ungarded during a public celebration. Only the citadel, under of the command of Epicites, remained in the hands of the Syracusans. At the end, however M. Marcellus found himself besieged by the conjoined armies of Hyppocrates and Himilcone. Unfortunately an epidemic in the Syracusan and Carthaginian camps took the lives of the two commanders and of thousands of soldiers. Epicides escaped to Agrigentum still in Carthaginian hands. This coin, which was probably struck during the “power vacuum” while one commander was dead and the other was escaped, is the last issue of the free city of Syracuse. Eventually, during the autumn of 212, the city opened the Achradina gates to M. Marcellus. Although an honourable peace treaty was promised, the city was abandoned to sack and massacre. Archimedes himself was slaugthered much with dishonour of M. Marcellus. This coin is completely different from all the other coins of the fifth Republic. It shows on the obverse a female head with an oak wreath and on the reverse a quadriga without a driver. The type is based upon 16-litrae coins Hieron struck for his wife, Queen Philistis (otherwise virtually unknown), which shows Nike driving a chariot of trotting horses. This particular design reflects the upheaval in Syracuse: the horses go left rather than right, their heads hang sadly low rather than proudly upright, and the chariot is not driven by Nike, as before, but is empty save for a sceptre. All three of these elements indicate the power vaccum of those days in the city. The coin’s denomination and weight are based upon the litra system adopted by Hieron. It proved ideal for calculating international exchange as there were conversion points for both the Attic and the Ptolemaic (Phoenician) standards: the Attic drachm was the equivalent of the Syracusan 5-litrae coin, and the Syracusan 16-litrae coin had the same value as a Ptolemaic tetradrachm (Phoenician shekel). Considering Hieron had strong ties with the Ptolemies, the latter concordance is hardly surprising. Indeed, this is made even clearer when one recognises that the veiled portrait of Hieron’s wife Philistis on these 16-litrae coins was modelled on those of the Ptolemaic queens Arsinoe and Berenice. NAC46, 221
A Rare Greek Silver Stater of Caunus (Caria), the Finest Known Specimen by Far
A Rare Greek Silver Stater of Caunus (Caria), the Finest Known Specimen by Far
Caria, Caunus Stater circa 410-390, AR 11.71 g. Iris with curved wings, in a kneeling running position l., wearing long kiton and holding caduceus and wreath in outstretched hands. Rev. s ? ? Conical baetyl; All within partially incuse square. Kraay-Hirmer pl. 187, 636. Weber 7507 (these dies). BMC 11 and pl. 16, 7 (these dies). Kunstfreund 166. W.G. Sayles " ancient coins, Collection II, 1997 , K. 164 ( this coin ). K. Konuk, Essays Price, 1998, pl. 49, 112b (this coin illustrated). Rare and by far the finest specimen known. A charming issue of masterly style perfectly struck and centred on a very broad flan. Lightly toned and good extremely fine Ex Leu sale 48, 1989, 239 (illustrated on the front page). The ‘Winged Carians’ is a coinage that until very recently was only understood in the broadest terms. Hoard evidence suggested a mint in south-western Asia Minor, but the true stumbling block to identification of the mint was the poor understanding of the ancient Carian script. Breakthroughs began in the 1960s, but it was not until researchers began to work with Carian inscriptions from the Nile delta where mercenaries from Caria were employed, that significant progress was made in the 1980s. Work on the script and language continues, with new conclusions being published continually. At present it would seem thtat the script has more than forty individual signs considered to be alphabetic, and although many of them resemble characters from the Greek language, their phonetic value typically is quite different. The language dates back at least to the 7th Century B.C. and seems to have been used into the 1st Century A.D. The three principal signs on the ‘Winged Carians’ are letters resembling an upside down Delta, a Gamma and an Iota from the Greek alphabet; it is now believed that they equate ‘kbi’, which matches well with Khbide, the Lycian name for Kaunos (modern Dalyan), a Carian port city close to the Lycian border and to the island of Rhodes. Thus, it is to Kaunos that this coinage is now generally attributed. As if the script and language were not hurdles high enough, researchers are still uncertain about the meaning of the designs. The winged female on the obverse has been described as Nike or Eirene, but since she holds a wreath and a kerykeion she is best identified as Iris (or an Anatolian equivalent of this Greek messenger goddess). Based on archaeological discoveries at the site of Kaunos, the reverse type seems to be a baetyl, in this case a conical stone apparently venerated as a ‘House of God’ which was the principal object of worship for the local cult. NAC48, 98

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