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+Superb AR Tetradrachm 16 litrae, Hieron II, Syracuse Sicily, Philistis, 218 BC+ See original listing
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Up for sale is this beautiful silver tetradrachm / 16 litrae piece showing Philistis, wife of king Hieron II of Syracuse Sicily, circa 218-216 B.C.
Both obverse and reverse are perfectly centered!
Extraordinary detail on the reverse!
Scarce variation with the ear of barley!
Size of the coin is 25-27mm. Weight of the coin is 13,57 gram.

Philistis was a son of Leptines – a popular and influential man at Syracuse. She was married to Hieron, one of the generals of Pyrrhos of Epirus,
after the latter’s departure from Sicily and Hieron’s appointment by the soldiers and citizens of Syracuse as commander of the troops.
Following Hieron’s acclamation as King by the citizens of Syracuse for his defeat of the Mamertines, Philistis thus became Queen.
Her son Gelo co-ruled with Hieron for some twenty five years, but he died a year before his father.
The throne therefore passed to Hieronymus, Hieron’s grandson who was then only fifteen years old. (source: Roma Numismatics)

Veiled and diademed head of Philistis l, behind, ear of barley,
Fast quadriga driven r. by Nike; above, crescent and below, ear of barley with stalk, FILISTIDOS in exergue,


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