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    Rare Syracusan gold fraction

    Syracuse. Timoleon and the Third Democracy (344-317 BC). AV 30 litrae (2.12 gm). Ca. 344-339/8 BC. IEYΣ EΛEY[ΘEPIOΣ], laureate head of Zeus left / ΣYP-A-KOΣIΩN, Pegasus flying left; in left field, monogram; below, three pellets. Garraffo pl. 1, 8 (same rev. die). Rizzo pl. 58, 1 (same dies). Jameson 851 (same dies). SNG Lloyd 1440 (same dies). SNG ANS 493 corr. (same dies). Rare! Fine style. NGC Ch VF 5/5 - 3/5.

    In the mid 4th century BC Syracuse suffered governmental paralysis due to rival political factions and Carthaginian meddling. A delegation from Syracuse traveled to their long-ago mother city, Corinth, seeking help in the form of a strong leader, and Timoleon answered the call. Given dictatorial powers, he drove the pro-Carthaginian faction from power, set up a stable government, and sparked a revival in prosperity and confidence. The economic rebound was mirrored by the coinage, which introduced many new and attractive designs and denominations, many featuring the traditional emblem of Corinth, the winged steed Pegasus.


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