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Sicily, Syracuse, Pyrrhos; head of Herakles/Athena
Description: Sicily, Syracuse, Pyrrhos, 278 - 276 BC. AE Litra. Head of Herakles left, clad in lion's scalp head-dress / ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ; Athena Promachos advancing right, hurling javelin with right, shield in left.
Diameter: AE22 mm
Weight: 7,4 g
Grade: gF/gF
Attribution: Calciati II p. 321, 176; SNG Cop 813, SNG ANS 852 ff.; SGCV I 1214
Commentary: dark olive patina, well centered, some roughness
History: Because of growing opposition to his conduct in Sicily, Pyrrhos left after only two years with the words: "What a wrestling ground we are leaving, my friends, for the Carthaginians and the Romans."
Article Number: 036-01-06-41652