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Coin of Syracuse with head of Athena

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Obverse: Helmeted head of Athena right. Reverse: Nike facing, wings spread, kneels with left knee on back of prostrate bull which she is about to sacrifice with a sword, held in her right hand. Inscription in Greek. (see media screen for Greek inscriptions)


By date unknown: in the collection of an English clergyman (now MFA 65.636-65.870); about 1963: collection purchased at auction in London by Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; collection purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., June 9,1965

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Hellenistic Period, After 212 B.C.


Syracuse, Sicily


Diameter: 22.5 mm. Weight: 4.06 gm. Die Axis: 7

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The Ancient World


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