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Sicily, Syracuse, Queen Philistis, Wife of Hieron II AR Tetradrachm or 16 Litrae 218-215 BC Ancient Greek Silver Coin Museum Reproduction CSGT0068

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Silver Greek Tetradrachm or 16 Litrae Sicily, Syracuse, struck 218-215 B.C. Hieron II placed wife and son on coins during long reign. Those of Queen Philistis are eagerly sought after by collectors.

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Philistis was a queen of ancient Syracuse, known only from her coins, which are numerous, and of fine workmanship, and from the occurrence of her name (bearing the title of queen, as it does also on her coins) in an inscription in large letters on the great theater of Syracuse.
Hieron II was the Greek Sicilian king of Syracuse from 270 to 215 BC, and the illegitimate son of a Syracusan noble, Hierocles, who claimed descent from Gelon. He was a former general of Pyrrhus of Epirus and an important figure of the First Punic War. On the departure of Pyrrhus from Sicily (275 BC) the Syracusan army and citizens appointed him commander of the troops. He strengthened his position by marrying Philistis, the daughter of Leptines, the leading citizen.
DESIGN:
Obverse side
Veiled head of Queen Philistis, left
Legend:
Anepigraphic

Reverse side
Nike drives a quadriga to right, with legend above and bellow
Legend:
ΒΑΣΙΛΙΣΣΑΣ ΦΙΛΙΣΤΙΔΟΣ

A perfect choice for Numismatists, Historians, Military Veterans, Collectors.

Weight 16,9 g
Dimensions 25,9 mm

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