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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Sicily| > |Syracuse| > GB29077
Syracuse, Sicily, Hieron II, 275 - 215 B.C.
|Syracuse|, |Syracuse,| |Sicily,| |Hieron| |II,| |275| |-| |215| |B.C.|, Hieron II seized power in 275 B.C., inaugurating 50 years of peace and prosperity in which Syracuse became one of the most renowned capitals of antiquity. He issued the so-called Lex Hieronica, later adopted by the Romans for their administration of Sicily. He enlarged the theater and built an immense altar. Under his rule lived the literary figure Theocritus and the most famous Syracusan, the natural philosopher Archimedes.
GB29077. Bronze AE 20, cf. Calciati II p. 395, 197; BMC Sicily p. 218, 588 ff.; SNG Cop 844 ff.; SNG ANS 964 ff.; SNG Munchen 1394 ff.; HGC 2 1550; SGCV I 1223, nice VF, fine style, Syracuse mint, weight 6.333g, maximum diameter 18.9mm, die axis 270o, obverse diademed head of Poseidon left; reverse ornamented trident head, dolphin downward flanking on each side, IEPΩ−NOΣ in lower field divided by shank, uncertain control symbol(s) below; SOLD











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