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Coin of Syracuse with head of Persephone, struck under Agathokles

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Obverse: Head of Persephone to left, wearing earring, necklace and barley wreath. At right, poppy-head. At left, dolphin. Reverse: Bull butting left. Inscriptions in Greek above and below. (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, Early Hellenistic Period, about 317–310 B.C.


Syracuse, Sicily


Diameter: 16.5 mm. Weight: 3.11 gm. Die Axis: 6

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