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Litra of Sicily, Syracuse, Hieron II

Bronze litra, 20mm, 6.65gm, issued c. 240-215 BC

Obv: Head of Poseidon left wearing tainia.

Rev: IEPΩNOΣ, Ornamented trident head between two dolphins.

References: Sear 1223, HGC 1550.

Hieron II, reputedly a descendant of the tyrant Gelon, took power in Syracuse around 275 BC and reigned for some 60 years. His war with the Mamertines led to the First Punic War. A staunch ally of Rome, he consolidated his power in Syracuse and over much of Sicily.

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