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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 248. Estimate $4000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $2850. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SICILY, Syracuse . 344-317 BC. Æ Dilitron (22.43 gm). SURAKOS-IWN, bearded male head left, wearing Corinthian helmet / Pegasos flying left; dolphin and S below. SNG ANS 524-525; Calciati II pg. 181, 77 = Virzi 1486 (this coin); SNG Copenhagen 723; SNG Morcom 712; Favorito 22; Laffaille 222. Good VF, dark emerald green patina, missing patina on reverse at 5:00. Rare. ($4000)

Ex Tom Virzi Collection (Bank Leu Auktion 6, 8 May 1973), lot 222.

Bronze in the form of th.0is fine bronze dilitron of 24 onkiai and concomitant fractions continued to dominate the economy after the end of the Second Democracy, the tyrannies of Dionysius I and II and the emergence of the moderately oligarchic government, on the Corinthian model, of Timoleon (344-337).

Some silver on the Corinthian weight standard and gold on the local litra standard tentatively re-emerged, but it was not until the tyranny and kingship of Agathokles (317-289) that Syracuse recommenced issuing a large silver coinage on its traditional Attic standard together with an extensive bronze coinage whose metrology still baffles numismatists.