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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.
SH76948. Bronze tetras, Calciati
III p. 17, 32/1; Jenkins Gela
516; SNG ANS
115; SNG Cop
283; SNG MŁnchen
314; BMC Sicily
, p. 73, 66; HGC 2
379 (S), gVF, nice green patina, well centered on a broad flan
, light marks and corrosion, Gela mint, weight
3.408g, maximum diameter
17.5mm, die axis
, 420 - 405 B.C.; obverse
bull standing left, head
lowered and turned slightly facing, barley kernel over ΓEΛAΣ above, three pellets in exergue
of beardless young river-god Gela right, no diadem, floating hair, barley kernel behind; scarce
Catalog current as of Tuesday, May 21, 2019.
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