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Sicily, Syracuse, Hieron II; head of Poseidon/trident
Description: Sicily, Syracuse, Hieron II (274 - 216 BC). Diademed head of Poseidon left / ΙΕΡΩ-ΝΟΣ; ornate trident-head flanked by two dolphins swimming downwards, monogram to left of shaft.
Diameter: AE21 mm
Weight: 9,16 g
Grade: VF/VF
Attribution: SNG Cop 846; SNG ANS 969; Calciati 194
Commentary: perfectly centered, dark green patina, sharp detail
History: The story of Archimedes running out of bath naked, after discovering the principle of displacement, relates to Hieron II, who suspected his goldsmith cheating on him and ordered Archimedes to find out the alloy composition.
Article Number: 006-10-05-41652