Gela, named after the river Gela, was founded around 688 BC by colonists from Rhodos (Rhodes) and Crete, 45 years after the founding of Syracuse.
Gela, Sicily, 490 - 475 B.C.
In 485, Gelo, the tyrant of Gela, took advantage of an appeal by the descendants of the first colonist of Syracuse, the Gamoroi, who had held power until they were expelled by the Killichiroi, the lower class of the city, and made himself master of that city. He left his brother Hieron in control of Gela.
SH59551. Silver didrachm, SNG Cop 255 - 258, BMC Sicily p. 68, 19 ff., F, corrosion, weight 7.277 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 0o, Gela mint, 490 - 475 B.C.; obverse naked horseman galloping right, brandishing spear overhead in right; reverse ΓΕΛΑΣ, forepart of man-faced bull right; $300.00 (€231.00)
After Geta's murder, Caracalla damned his memory, Damnatio Memoriae, requiring the destruction of every reference to his younger brother. Both Geta's portrait and legend were intentionally erased from this coin. The countermark shows an older Caracalla.
SH60677. Bronze AE 37, SNGvA 2687, SNG Cop -; countermark: Howgego 84, aF, flan crack, weight 19.254 g, maximum diameter 36.4 mm, die axis 0o, Stratonicea mint, 198 - 212 A.D.; obverse [ΜΑΡ ΑΝΤΩΝΙΝΟΝ CE...], confronted laureate and draped busts of Caracalla and Geta [the bust of Geta erased]; countermark: laureate bearded bust of Caracalla right in round punch; reverse [ΕΠΙ ΕΠΙΤΥΝΧΑΝΟΝΤΟΣ ΤΟΥ ΦΙΛΩΝΟΣ ΣΤΡΑΤΟΝΙΚΕΝ], Hekate standing facing, head left, patera in right, torch in left, altar at feet left; rare; $260.00 (€200.20)
Gela, Sicily, c. 420 - 405 B.C.
Gela, named after the river Gela, was founded around 688 BC by colonists from Rhodos (Rhodes) and Crete, 45 years after the founding of Syracuse. In 424 B.C., the Congress of Gela established a platform of "Sicily for the Sicilians" and formed a league that pushed back the Athenian attempt to conquer the island.
GB63868. Bronze tetras, Jenkins Gela 527; Calciati III p. 20, 46, SNG ANS 120 ff., VF, fine classical style, weight 2.829 g, maximum diameter 16.2 mm, die axis 180o, Gela mint, c. 420 - 405 B.C.; obverse bull walking right, head level and turned almost facing, olive spray above, three pellets in exergue; reverse ΓΕΛΑΣ, head of young river god right, long wavy smooth hair in thick strands, grain of barley behind; $150.00 (€115.50)