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Coin of Syracuse with head of Herakles, struck under Pyrrhos of Epiros

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Obverse: Head of Herakles, wearing lionskin, left. Reverse: Athena Promachos right, holding shield on left arm, uncertain object in right hand. Inscription in Greek. (see media screen for Greek inscription)


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, 278–276 B.C.


Syracuse, Sicily


Diameter: 22.5 mm. Weight: 8.22 gm. Die Axis: 9

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The Ancient World


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