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ID:     783957
Type:     Greek
Region:     SICILY
City:     Syracuse
Issuer:     Agathocles
Date Ruled:     317-289 BC
Metal:     Gold
Denomination:     Stater - Double Dekadrachm
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC circa 304-289
Diameter:     15 mm
Weight:     5.69 g
Die Axis:     9 h
Obverse Description:     Head of Athena right, wearing Corinthian helmet decorated with a griffin
Reverse Legend:     ΑΓΑΘΟΚΛΣΟΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΣΟΣ / T
Reverse Description:     Winged thunderbolt; T below
Primary Reference:     BÉrend, lor pl. 9, 6 (same dies)
Reference2:     SNG ANS 702 var. (letter on rev.)
Reference3:     Gulbenkian 339 (same dies)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Superb EF
Notes:     Very rare with T on reverse. From the Semon Lipcer Collection.This issue is from a short-lived coinage known from six obverse and seven reverse dies with numerous interlinkings, which suggest a specific occasion for its striking. Three alternatives proposed are the assumption of the royal title by Agathokles in 304 BC, the marriage of his daughter to Pyrrhos of Epeiros in 297, or renewed preparations for war against Carthage, the last of which seems the most plausible.