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Syracuse, Sicily
Syracuse, Sicily, Dionysos I, 395 - 367 B.C.

|Syracuse|, |Syracuse,| |Sicily,| |Dionysos| |I,| |395| |-| |367| |B.C.||drachm|NEW
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. Hoover dates this type c. 375 - 344 B.C., during the reigns of both Dionysos I and Dionysos II.
GI111218. Bronze drachm, Calciati II p. 111, 62; SNG ANS 454; SNG Cop 720; SNG Munchen 1135; SNG Morcom 697; BMC Sicily p. 187, 287; SGCV I 1189; HGC 2 1436, Choice F, dark green patina, porosity, casting sprue remnants, weight 31.137 g, maximum diameter 32.06 mm, die axis 90o, Syracuse mint, 395 - 367 B.C.; obverse ΣΥΡΑ, head of Athena left wearing olive wreathed Corinthian helmet; reverse sea star between two dolphins; $200.00 (202.00)


Syracuse, Sicily, Deinomenid Tyranny, Time of Hieron I, c. 475-470 B.C.

|Syracuse|, |Syracuse,| |Sicily,| |Deinomenid| |Tyranny,| |Time| |of| |Hieron| |I,| |c.| |475-470| |B.C.||tetradrachm|
From the height of Syracuse preeminence amongst the Sicilian Greeks, shortly after the great victory over the Carthaginian invaders at Himera in 480 B.C.
SH86273. Silver tetradrachm, Boehringer 332 (V164/R232); Randazzo 504 (same dies); SNG ANS -, aEF, superb style, centered on a tight flan, attractive toning, some light marks, weight 17.315 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 270o, Syracuse mint, c. 485 - 479 B.C.; obverse charioteer walking slow quadriga right, kentron in right hand, reins in left hand, Nike above flying right crowning horses; reverse ΣYPAKOΣION, Head of Arethusa right, wearing earring, beaded necklace and beaded diadem, her hair tied in a krobylos, surrounded by four dolphins swimming clockwise; ex Roma Numismatics, auction 6 (29 Sep 2013), lot 439; ex Comery Collection; SOLD


Syracuse, Sicily, Dionysos I, 405 - 367 B.C.

|Syracuse|, |Syracuse,| |Sicily,| |Dionysos| |I,| |405| |-| |367| |B.C.||dekadrachm|
Equal in value to the 42.5 g silver dekadrachm, and perhaps from one of the same engravers.Anapos was a river god of eastern Sicily. When Anapos and the nymph Cyane opposed the kidnapping of Persephone, Hades turned Anapos into a river (the river Anapo in southern Sicily) and Cyane into a fountain.
SH34970. Gold dekadrachm, SNG ANS 346, gVF, weight 2.866 g, maximum diameter 11.5 mm, die axis 0o, Syracuse mint, c. 396 B.C.; obverse ΣΥΡΑ, head of Anapos left; reverse ΣYPAKOΣIΩN, horse prancing right; attractive, and without the die rust that plagues this issue; SOLD










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