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275-215 BC Syracuse Sicily AE20 Coin Hieron II Poseidon Trident Dolphins Greek


275-215 BC Syracuse Sicily AE20 Coin Hieron II Poseidon Trident Dolphins Greek 

  • 275-215 BC Syracuse, Sicily (Greek) AE22 Coin
  • Issued under the rule of Hieron II, the Greek Sicilian King of Syracuse (270-215 BC)
    • Pressed by the invading Roman forces, in 263 he concluded a treaty with Rome, by which he was to rule over the south-east of Sicily and the eastern coast; From this time until his death in 215 BC he remained loyal to the Romans, and frequently assisted them with men and provisions during the Punic war
    • He kept up a powerful fleet for defensive purposes, and employed his famous kinsman Archimedes in the construction of those engines that, at a later date, played so important a part during the siege of Syracuse by the Romans
  • Obverse features a bust of Poseidon, facing left
    • Poseidon is one of the twelve Olympian deities of the pantheon in Greek mythology
    • His main domain is the ocean, and he is called the "God of the Sea"; additionally, he is referred to as "Earth-Shaker" due to his role in causing earthquakes, and has been called the "tamer of horses"
  • Reverse depicts a trident between 2 dolphins
    • A trident is a three-pronged spear used for spear fishing and historically as a polearm; the trident is the weapon of Poseidon in classical mythology
  • Struck from copper alloy
  • Diameter: 20 mm (at widest point)
  • Weight: 6.8 grams
  • Condition: Ungraded
  • Catalog number: BMW#2.603, Sear#1223
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Reference Item # ANC-1282

JBC 2/6/15