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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Themes & Provenance| ▸ |Gods, Non-Olympian| ▸ |Kore||View Options:  |  |  | 

Persephone (Kore)

Persephone, also called Kore, is the daughter of Zeus and the harvest goddess Demeter, and queen of the underworld; she was abducted by Hades, the king of the underworld.

Syracuse, Sicily, Agathokles, 317 - 289 B.C.

|Syracuse|, |Syracuse,| |Sicily,| |Agathokles,| |317| |-| |289| |B.C.||AE| |17|
With an army of mercenaries, through deceit, and after banishing or murdering some 10,000 citizens, Agathocles made himself master of Syracuse and later most of Sicily. Machiavelli wrote of him, "It cannot be called prowess to kill fellow-citizens, to betray friends, to be treacherous, pitiless, and irreligious" and cited him as an example of "those who by their crimes come to be princes." According to the historian Justin, very early in life Agathocles parlayed his remarkable beauty into a career as a prostitute, first for men, and later, after puberty, for women, and then made a living by robbery before becoming a soldier and marrying a rich widow.
GI96864. Bronze AE 17, Calciati II p. 225, 99 R41; cf. BMC Sicily p. 195, 370 (controls); SNG ANS 603 (controls); HGC 2 1489, SNG Cop -, aVF, beautiful style, nice green patina, some corrosion/pitting, earthen deposits, light marks, edge crack, weight 3.403 g, maximum diameter 17.0 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, 317 - 310 B.C.; obverse ΣYPAKOΣIΩN, head of Kore left, wreathed with grain, wreath (control symbol) behind neck; reverse bull butting left, dolphin above, monogram in wreath (control) in exergue; $130.00 (106.60)


Syracuse, Sicily, Hiketas, 287 - 278 B.C.

|Syracuse|, |Syracuse,| |Sicily,| |Hiketas,| |287| |-| |278| |B.C.||AE| |23|
Hicetas was the tyrant of Syracuse for about nine years. The only recorded events during his rule are his victory over Phintias, tyrant of Agrigentum, and his defeat to the Carthaginians at the river Terias. He was expelled from Syracuse by Thynion shortly before Pyrrhus arrived in Sicily.
GB66880. Bronze AE 23, Calciati II p. 263, 125; SGCV I 1209, EF, weight 11.121 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, die axis 0o, Syracuse mint, 287 - 278 B.C.; obverse ΣYPAKOΣΩN, head of Kore left, wreathed in grain; reverse Nike diving biga right, whip in right, reins in left; SOLD


Syracuse, Sicily, Hiketas II, 287 - 278 B.C.

|Syracuse|, |Syracuse,| |Sicily,| |Hiketas| |II,| |287| |-| |278| |B.C.||litra|
Persephone (Kore) was the embodiment of the Earth's fertility, Queen of the Underworld, daughter of Demeter and Zeus and the consort of Hades.
GI76953. Bronze litra, SNG ANS 763 var. (obv. control torch); Calciati II p. 259, 123 var. (rev. controls not listed); SNG Cop 806 var. (head right, torch); HGC 2 1466 (S), VF, tight flan, die wear, weight 9.131 g, maximum diameter 24.2 mm, Syracuse mint, 287 - 283 B.C.; obverse ΣYPAKOΣIΩN, head of Kore left, wreathed in grain, star of eight rays above, stalk of grain (control symbol) behind; reverse Nike diving fast biga right, whip in right, reins in left, star above, YE ligature (control symbol) and X (control letter) in exergue; rare variant; SOLD







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