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Sicily, Syracuse; 317- 289 BC
AE 19 reign of Agathokles.
Agathokles 317-289 BC was a tyrant of Syracuse from and King of Syracuse from 304-289BC. In 317 BC he invaded his hometown Syracuse with an army of mercenaries under a solemn oath to observe the democratic constitution which was then set up. Having banished or murdered some 10,000 citizens, and thus made himself master of Syracuse, he created a strong army and fleet and subdued the greater part of Sicily. He ruled Syracuse through several wars with Carthage before his death in 289 BC. Obverse: The laureate Apollo with a dolphin behind his neck. Reverse flying Pegasus is with the inscription NI below.
Mint: Syracuse
Provenance: Private acquisition

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