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Coin of Syracuse with head of Persephone, struck under Agathokles

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Obverse: Head of Persephone left, wearing earring, necklace, and barley wreath. At right, kantharos (?). Inscription in Greek. Reverse: Bull butting left. Dolphin above and below. Also above: Greek letter A (see media screen for Greek inscriptions)

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Early Hellenistic Period, 317–310 B.C.

Mint

Syracuse, Sicily

Dimensions

Diameter: 22 mm. Weight: 6.18 gm. Die Axis: 6

Accession Number

65.681

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins