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Leontini, Sicily, c. 405 - 402 B.C.
Leontini was founded as by colonists from Naxos in 729 BC, itself a Chalcidian colony established five years earlier. It was the only significant Greek settlement in Sicily not located on the coast, being some 6 miles inland. The site, originally held by the Sicels, was seized by the Greeks owing to its command of the fertile plain to the north. The city was reduced to subject status in 498 BC by Hippocrates of Gela, and in 476 BC Hieron of Syracuse moved the inhabitants from Catania and Naxos to Leontini.
GI86576. Bronze tetras, Calciati
III p. 77, 3/27 (this coin); SNG Cop
360; SNG ANS
270; SNG Morcom
606; SNG Lloyd
1070; BMC Sicily
p. 92, 56; Laffaille
169; HGC 2
709 (R1), gVF, dark patina
, well centered
and struck, Leontini mint, weight
2.165g, maximum diameter
14.7mm, c. 405 - 402 B.C.; obverse
right, olive leaf and olive behind; reverse tripod lebes
with loop handles, a barley kernel flanking on each side
between legs of tripod, three pellets in exergue
; ex Roma
Numismatics e-sale 6 (22 Feb 2014), lot 45; Calciati III plate coin!
Catalog current as of Thursday, May 23, 2019.
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