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32 litra-piece of Syracuse with head of Hieron II

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Obverse: Head of Hieron II, diademed, left. Reverse: Quadriga of horses galloping right, driven by winged Nike, draped from waist holding reins in both hands; above, star of 8 rays. Below, K. Above; [inscription]. In exergue, [inscription].


By date unknown: Baron Pennisi di Floristella Collection, Acireale, Sicily; by date unknown: with Jacob Hirsch, Suite 1209, 30 West 54th Street, New York; February 13, 1947: purchased by MFA from Jacob Hirsch for $ 1,300.00

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of Zoë Wilbour (1864–1885)

Greek, Hellenistic Period, about 265–215 B.C.


Syracuse, Sicily

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2330.


Diameter: 35 mm. Weight: 20.36 gm.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


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