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    Superb Philistis Portrait

    SICILY. Syracuse. Hieron II (275-215 BC). AR 16 litrae (25mm, 13.51 gm, 12h).   In the name of Queen Philistis, 240-216 BC. Diademed, veiled head of Queen Philistis left, torch behind / [ΒΑ]ΣΙΛΙΣΣΑΣ  / [Φ]ΙΛΙΣΤΙΔΟΣ, Nike driving fast quadriga right, E under horse's forelegs. HGC 2, 1554. Burnett, SNR 62, pl. 3, 47 (same dies). SNG ANS 884 (same reverse die). NGC AU 5/5 - 5/5.

    From The California Collection. Ex Commander David R. Hinkle Collection (Gemini I, 11 January 2005), lot 52. 

    The veiled head of Queen Philistis on this lovely coin points to a close relationship, if not an outright alliance, with the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, which employed very similar veiled female portraits on its famed gold coinage. Philistis was the daughter of a leading Syracusan citizen named Leptines. In about 275 BC she was taken to wife by Hieron, a soldier in the company of Pyrrhus of Epirus during his Sicilian campaigns. When Pyrrhus departed, Hieron stayed behind and, through his own evident merits and the influential marriage connection, was proclaimed king of Syracuse. 


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