32 litra-piece of Syracuse with head of Hieron II

Greek
Hellenistic Period
about 265–215 B.C.


Mint: Sicily, Syracuse

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2330.

Dimensions

Diameter: 35 mm. Weight: 20.36 gm.

Accession Number

47.129

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Head of Hieron II, diademed, left.
Reverse: Quadriga of horses galloping right, driven by winged Nike, draped from waist holding reins in both hands; above, star of 8 rays.
Below horses: K.
Inscriptions above and in exergue.

Above: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΟΣ
In exergue: ΙΕΡΩΝΟΣ

Provenance

By date unknown: Baron Pennisi di Floristella Collection, Acireale, Sicily; by date unknown: with Jacob Hirsch, Suite 1209, 30 West 54th Street, New York; February 13, 1947: purchased by MFA from Jacob Hirsch for $ 1,300.00

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of Zoë Wilbour (1864–1885)