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Leontini, Sicily, c. 207 - 200 B.C.
Leontini was founded by colonists from Naxos in 729 B.C. Six miles inland, it is the only Greek settlement in Sicily not located on the coast, Originally held by the Sicels, the site was seized by the Greeks to gain control of the fertile plain to the north.
When the Roman general Marcus Claudius Marcellus stormed the city in 214 B.C., Leontini was subject to Syracuse and the rulers of Syracuse actually resided there. Marcellus had 2000 Roman deserters who were hiding in the city killed, and then moved to lay siege to Syracuse itself.
GB65520. Bronze AE 16, Calciati
p. 81, 9; SNG ANS
274; BMC Sicily
p. 93, 66; SNG Cop
366, VF, Leontini mint, weight
4.170g, maximum diameter
16.1mm, die axis
, c. 207 - 200 B.C.; obverse
of Demeter left, plow behind; reverse
ΛEON, bundle of grain; $85.00
Catalog current as of Sunday, May 19, 2019.
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