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ID:     851501
Type:     Greek
Region:     SICILY
City:     Syracuse
Issuer:     Hiketas II
Date Ruled:     287-278 BC
Metal:     Gold
Denomination:     60 Litrai
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC 287-278
Diameter:     15 mm
Weight:     4.26 g
Die Axis:     6 h
Obverse Description:     Head of Persephone left, wearing wreath of grain ears, single-pendant earring, and pearl necklace; cornucopia to right
Reverse Legend:     Φ / Θ / EΠI IKETA
Reverse Description:     Nike, holding kentron and reins, driving fast biga right; fibula above, Φ to right, Θ below, EΠI IKETA in exergue
Exergue:     EΠI IKETA
Primary Reference:     Buttrey, Morgantina, dies 4/I
Reference2:     BAR issue 41
Reference3:     SNG ANS 778 var. (same obv. die
Reference4:     no Φ); SNG Lloyd 1523 var. (torch on obv.); Basel 516 (same dies); Gulbenkian 345 (same dies)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     EF, underlying luster.
Notes:     Ex J. Olphin Collection; Classical Numismatic Group 45 (18 March 1998), lot 129; Classical Numismatic Review XXII.3 (Fall/Winter 1997), no. 8.Little is known of Hiketas beyond his coinage, but Buttrey pieces together a history based on the numismatic evidence. Following Hiketas's defeat of Phintias, tyrant of Akragas, he set out against the Carthaginians. This campaign ended in disaster at the Terias river, northwest of Syracuse. Buttrey, based on his die analysis, concludes that this gold issue was struck very hurriedly towards the end of Hiketas's reign, and theorizes that this series was issued to pay for his Carthaginian campaign.