Description:This rare ancient coin was minted in the Greek city of Syracuse during the rule of Timoleon. Syracuse was founded along the southeast coast of Sicily in 734 BC by Greek settlers from Corinth and the city soon flourished. Timoleon seized power in 344 BC and with the help of Corinth, defeated the attacking armies of Carthage. This freedom inaugurated a long period of peace and prosperity for the Greeks of Sicily and Syracuse became one of the most renowned capitals of Antiquity. The Romans eventually conquered the Island of Sicily by the end of the 3rd century BC, but the Greeks would leave a lasting imprint on the culture of ancient Rome.
This bronze coin depicts Zeus, who in Greek mythology, oversaw the universe and was the "Father of gods and men". He ruled the other Olympian Gods as both a father, as head of the family and as king. He was the god of sky and thunder and his symbols are the bull and eagle along with the thunderbolt, which is shown on the reverse of this coin. Known for his escapades, Zeus fathered many godly and heroic children including Aphrodite, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Hermes, Persephone, Dionysus, Perseus and Hercules.