Lot 24028309: Greece (ancient) - Sicile, Syracuse. Litra, c. 275-215 av J.C. Hiéron II - R3
6th February 2019
Copy on a large, thick planchet, well centred. Very beautiful portrait. of Persephone Strike a bit soft with regular wear. Green concretions. Patina green-black, light lightly granular Metal: bronzeweight: 5.56 gDiameter: 18 mmObverse: Head of Persephone, crowned, facing left With grain stalks; behind, a poppy flower; decorated with circular grains/ ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΟΝ. Reverse: bull charging left, on top, a wooden club. Δ / IE Rare R3 type.Cf : SNG ANS 584/86 ; HGCS. 2/1469 .Circa 270 B C, Hieron II had married Philistis, a descendant of Dionysus I (405-367 B. C.), dictator of Syracuse. Hiéron is purported to have descended from Gelon himself (485-478 B C), founder of the Syracusan power. During his very long reign, he tried to maintain a (difficult) balance between the Romans and the Carthaginians. After the end of the first Punic War in 241 B C, Sicily became Roman and the days of Syracuse were over.Tracked, registered shipping.
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