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Syracuse, Sicily, Hieron II, 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.
GI91491. Bronze AE 24, cf. Calciati II p. 395, 197 ff.; SNG Cop 844 ff., SNG ANS 964 ff., SGCV I 1223 (various controls), VF, beautiful Poseidon
, nice glossy dark patina, remnant of pre-strike flan casting sprue, Syracuse mint, weight 9.637g, maximum diameter 23.5mm, die axis 135o
, 275 - 215 B.C.; obverse head of Poseidon left; reverse ornamented trident head, dolphins at sides, IEP-ΩNOΣ low across field divided by shaft, uncertain control marks below; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection, ex Richard Margolis Coins and Medals of the World (Teaneck, NJ); SOLD
Catalog current as of Thursday, August 22, 2019.
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