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Sicily, Syracuse Dionysios I 405-367 BC struck before 357
Bronze Hemilitron
Dionysios I (Dionysius the Elder) was a ruthless, cruel, suspicious and vindictive tyrant of Syracuse. He fought against Carthage from 397 BC to 392 BC and made Syracuse the most powerful of the Western Greek colonies. He took Rhegium in 386 selling the inhabitants as slaves. He joined the Illyrians in an attempt to plunder the temple of Delphi. Obverse Arethusa with her hair in a sphendone. Reverse heel of four spokes ΣV ΡΑ above and dolphins in lower quarters.
Mint: Syracuse
Provenance: Private acquisition

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