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Akrai, Sicily, c. 211 - 80 B.C.
Akrai was a small colony founded by Syracuse in 664 B.C. to secure the inland road to Gela. Constructed on the peak of a hill, Akrai was difficult to attack and ideal for watching the surrounding territory. Loyal to Syracuse, it nevertheless had administrative and military autonomy. Thanks to its strategic position, the city achieved great prosperity, peaking during the reign of Hieron II, 275 - 215 B.C. Its coinage was only issued after the fall of Syracuse in 211 B.C. when it became part of the Roman province Acre. The city continued to be under Roman rule into the Byzantine period.
GI79952. Bronze AE 23, SNG ANS 9
02; SNG Cop
III p. 37, 1 var. (KP ligate
); BMC Sicily
p. 2, 1 var. (same); HGC 2
180 (S) var. (same); SNG Morcom
-, aF, glossy lime-green patina
, scratches, uneven strike
, Akrai (Palazzolo Acreide, Sicily
, Italy) mint, weight
7.517g, maximum diameter
22.8mm, die axis
, c. 210 - 80 B.C.; obverse head
right, hair rolled and wreathed with barley; reverse
AK-P-AIΩN, Demeter standing left, wearing long chiton
, torch in right hand, scepter
in left hand; rare
Catalog current as of Monday, May 20, 2019.
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