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Coin of Syracuse with head of Persephone, struck under Hieron II

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Obverse: Head of Persephone to left, wearing earring, necklace, and wreath of barley. Inscription in Greek. Reverse: Bull butting left. Club above. 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, Hellenistic Period, 275–216 B.C.


Syracuse, Sicily


Diameter: 19 mm. Weight: 5.43 gm. Die Axis: 1

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The Ancient World


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