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Syracuse, Sicily, Hieron II, 275 - 215 B.C.
Hieron II was tyrant and then king of Syracuse, c. 270 to 215 B.C. His rule brought 50 years of peace and prosperity, and Syracuse became one of the most renowned capitals of antiquity. He enlarged the theater and built an immense altar. The literary figure Theocritus and the philosopher Archimedes lived under his rule. After struggling against the Mamertini, he eventually allied with Rome.
GI87391. Bronze hemilitron, Calciati
II p. 361, 193 Ds 40; HGC 2
1547 (S); SNG ANS 9
09 ff. var. (controls); SNG Cop
843 var. (same); BMC Sicily
p. 215, 565 ff. var. (same), F, dark patina
, tight flan
, bumps and marks, corrosion, Syracuse
20.012g, maximum diameter
26.4mm, die axis
, c. 230 - 215 B.C.; obverse
of Hieron left, beardless, conch shell (control symbol) behind; reverse
IEPΩNOΣ, cavalryman prancing right, holding couched spear, no control symbols
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Catalog current as of Saturday, May 25, 2019.
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