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ID:     77000070
     [UNVERIFIED]
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 305/4-289
Weight:     5.7 g
Die Axis:     11 h
Obverse Description:     Head of Athena right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a griffin, single-pendant earring and necklace
Reverse Legend:     ΑΓΑΘΟΚΛΕΟΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΟΣ
Reverse Description:     Winged thunderbolt; monogram below
Primary Reference:     BÉrend, lor, pl. 9, 8 = SNG ANS 704
Reference2:     Carroccio, basileus, type 29
Reference3:     SNG Lloyd 1510
Reference4:     Jenkins pl. 15, C = SNG Ashmolean 2081 (same rev. die)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=114493
Grade:     Superb EF, lustrous.
Notes:     Sale: Triton XI, Lot: 70 From Collection C.G. Ex Classical Numismatic Group 45 (18 March 1998), lot 127.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.