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    Superb Hieron Gold Piece

    SICILY. Syracuse. Hieron II (274-216 BC). AV 50 litrae or hemistater (17mm, 4.26 gm, 9h).  Struck by Hieron as king, ca. 217-215 BC. Wreathed head of Persephone left; crescent behind / Charioteer driving fast biga left; A and IEPĪ©NOS below. HGC 2, 1539. Carroccio 80. BMC 515. Very rare symbols. Well-centered. Minor die flaw on cheek, otherwise sharply struck from fresh dies and possessing brilliant luster. A stunning piece! NGC MS 4/5 - 3/5, scuffs.

    From The California Collection. Ex Heritage 3020 (6 September 2012), lot 24871.

    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 prominent 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. His gold coinage and follows Syracusan tradition, with the wreathed head of Persephone on this lovely piece recalling the coinage of Agathocles. 


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