Syracuse in Sicily. Hiketas, 288 to 279 BC. AE 24. Over struck on an earlier issue.

Ancient Coins - Syracuse in Sicily. Hiketas, 288 to 279 BC.  AE 24.  Over struck on an earlier issue.
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Denomination : 24 mm Bronze, probably a Litra.

Mint : Syracuse.

Date : 288 to 279 BC.

Size : 23.3 x 24.5 mm.  Weight : 8.07 grams.

Reference : Sear-1211.  CNS 167, SNG ANS 801.

Grade : gVF to aXF.  Mid to dark brown patina.

Obverse : Laureate head of Zeus Hellanios right, with DIOS ELLANIOU to the right (only part of the inscription is struck up).

Reverse : Eagle standing left on a thunderbolt, with  SURAKOSIWN around starting in the upper right.  There are no secondary field symbols on this specimen.

If one looks very closely at the reverse, there is a ghosting of an earlier coin present, with the main part visible being the end of a large thunderbolt that must have been the main type of the earlier coin.  The most likely undertype is a Syracusion bronze of Agathokles with the Artemis obverse and thunderbolt reverse. 

There is a single letter from the inscription of the host coin visible, which on this coin is at about 10 o'clock on the reverse, but if you orient this coin so the eagles head and the undertype thunderbolt both point the 9 o'clock position, that letters appears to be the bottom of a B which is consistent with the Agatholkes type.

While these features are only barely visible on my image of this coin, they are slightly clearer with the coin in hand.

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Rates for: 07/18/18

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