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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Sicily| > |Gela| > GB69185
Gela, Sicily, 420 - 405 B.C.
|Gela|, |Gela,| |Sicily,| |420| |-| |405| |B.C.|, Gela, named after the river Gela, was founded by colonists from Rhodos and Crete around 688 B.C. In 424 B.C., the Congress of Gela established a "Sicily for the Sicilians" platform and formed a league that pushed back the Athenian attempt to conquer the island. The city had a history of internal strife between its plebs and aristocrats. When the Carthaginians arrived in 311 BC, they easily captured the Gela with the help of its elites. In 282 B.C., Phintias of Agrigento ruthlessly destroyed Gela to crush its power forever. In Roman times it was only a small settlement.
GB69185. Bronze tetras, Calciati III p. 9, 9; SNG Cop 283 (same dies); Jenkins Gela 499; SNG ANS 107; SNG Munchen 314; SNG Morcom 587; BMC Sicily, p. 73, 66; HGC 2 379 (S), VF, superb style, green patina, Gela mint, weight 3.806g, maximum diameter 18.4mm, die axis 90o, 420 - 405 B.C.; obverse bull standing left, head lowered and turned slightly facing, ΓEΛAΣ above, three pellets in exergue; reverse horned head of beardless young river-god Gela right, no diadem, floating hair, barley grain behind; SOLD










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