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Syracuse, Sicily, Hieron II, c. 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.
GI87378. Bronze AE 20, Calciati II p. 353, 192 R1 33; SNG ANS 596; BMC Sicily p. 219, 624 var. (poppy behind obv.); SNG Cop 865 var. (same); HGC 2 1469 (S); SNG MŁnchen -, gVF, well centered and struck, some corrosion, Syracuse mint, weight 20.1g, maximum diameter 5.623mm, die axis 180o
, 275 - 265 B.C.; obverse ΣYPAKOΣIΩN, head of Persephone left, wearing barley wreath, drop wearing earrings and necklace, no control symbol; reverse bull butting left, club left over IA (magistrate initials) above, IE (magistrate initials) in exergue; scarce
Catalog current as of Monday, August 19, 2019.
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