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Persephone

Persephone was the embodiment of the Earth's fertility, Queen of the Underworld, daughter of Demeter and Zeus and the consort of Hades.


Syracuse, Sicily, Hieron II, c. 275 - 215 B.C.

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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, weight 4.436 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 45o, Syracuse mint, c. 275 - 269/265 B.C.; obverse ΣYPAKOΣIΩN, head of Kore-Persephone left; reverse bull butting left, club over Σ (magistrate initial) above, IE (magistrate initials) in exergue; ex Moneta Numismatic Services; $40.00 (Ä35.20)


Syracuse, Sicily, Hieron II, c. 275 - 215 B.C.

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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, weight 20.1 g, maximum diameter 5.623 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, 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; SOLD


Syracuse, Sicily, Timoleon and the Third Democracy, c. 344 - 317 B.C.

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The goddess on the obverse has been identified by different authorities as Aphrodite, Arethusa and Persephone.
SH63881. Bronze hemilitron, Calciati II p. 184, 79; SNG ANS 530 - 532, VF, weight 5.254 g, maximum diameter 16.0 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, c. 344 - 317 B.C.; obverse ΣYPAKOΣIΩN, head of goddess (Aphrodite?) left, hair bound with fillet and tied in knot at back of head, wearing triple pendant earring and necklace; reverse forepart of Pegasos with curved wings left, Σ below; SOLD







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