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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Sicily| > |Syracuse| > GB81527
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.
GB81527. Bronze AE 19, cf. Calciati II p. 395, 197 ff.; SNG Cop 844 ff., SNG ANS 964 ff., SGCV I 1223 (various controls), aVF, well centered, nice patina, Syracuse mint, weight 5.663g, maximum diameter 18.7mm, die axis 90o, 275 - 215 B.C.; obverse head of Poseidon left; reverse ornamented trident head, dolphins at sides, IEPΩ-NOΣ low across field divided by shaft, uncertain control marks below; ex Forum (2014); SOLD




  







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