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Syracuse, Sicily, Hieron II, c. 275 - 215 B.C.
Hieron II was tyrant and then king of Syracuse, c. 270 - 215 B.C. His rule brought 50 years of peace and prosperity. 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.
GB88194. Bronze hemilitron, Calciati
II p. 405, 199 R1 10/3 (same obv.
die); BMC Sicily
p. 220, 632; SNG Cop
871; SNG ANS
598 (Agathokles); HGC 2
1497 (R1); SNG MŁnchen
-, F, dark brown patina
, light scratches, Syracuse
4.436g, maximum diameter
17.8mm, die axis
, c. 275 - 269/265 B.C.; obverse
of Kore-Persephone left; reverse
bull butting left, club over Σ (magistrate initial) above, IE (magistrate initials) in exergue
; ex Moneta
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Catalog current as of Thursday, May 23, 2019.
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