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    FDC Syracuse 50 Litrae

    Syracuse. Hieron II (274-216 BC). AV 50 litrae (17mm, 4.26 gm, 9h). Struck ca. 217-215 BC. Wreathed head of Persephone left; crescent behind / Charioteer driving fast biga left; A and IEPΩNOS below. Carroccio 80. BMC 515. Very rare symbols. Well-centered. Sharply struck from fresh dies and possessing brilliant luster. A stunning coin! Fleur de Coin.

    Hieron II was a military adventurer who claimed descent from the Syracusan tyrant Gelon. He fell in with the army of Pyrrhus during his great Western expedition of 280 BC. When Pyrrhus pulled out of Syracuse in 275 BC, Hieron remained behind as commander of the garrison. He cannily married Philistis, daughter of a prominant Syracusan noble, and a major victory against the Mamertines in 270 BC convinced the grateful populace to name him King. He reigned for the next 55 years with strength, intelligence and justice, and Syracuse prospered. His coinage in bronze and silver is plentiful and is closely patterned on other Hellenistic coinages, particularly that of the Ptolemaic Kingdom. His gold is quite rare and follows Syracusan tradition, with the wreathed head of Persphone on this lovely piece recalling the coinage of Agathocles.


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