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Syracuse, Sicily, Dionysios I, c. 405 - 367 B.C.
Dionysius I was tyrant of Syracuse. He conquered several cities in Sicily and southern Italy, opposed Carthage's influence in Sicily and made Syracuse the most powerful of the Western Greek colonies. He was regarded by the ancients as an example of the worst kind of despot - cruel, suspicious and vindictive.
GS86597. Silver hemilitron, SNG ANS
301; SNG Cop
669; SNG Lloyd
1379; BMC Sicily
p. 182, 237; Boehringer
MŁnzpršgungen pl. II, 19; HGC 2
1392 (R2) , VF, dark toning
, light marks and corrosion, tiny edge cracks, Syracuse
0.434g, maximum diameter
10.1mm, die axis
, c. 405 - 395 B.C.; obverse head
of nymph Arethusa left, wearing drop earring, hair bound in ampyx
, no control symbol or signature; reverse
four-spoked wheel, SY-PA in upper quarters, two dolphins heads downward nose to nose in lower quarters; very rare
Catalog current as of Friday, May 24, 2019.
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