Description:This ancient coin was minted in the historic Greek city of Syracuse. In 734 BC, Greek settlers from Corinth founded Syracuse along the southeast coast of Sicily and the city soon flourished. This powerful city-state was well known for its rich Greek culture, amphitheatres and beautiful architecture. The most famous Syracusan was the mathematician and natural philosopher Archimedes, who was born here in 287 BC.
Hicetas rule was consumed by the endless wars with Carthage. However, the Siege of Syracuse in 278 BC, was the last attempt by Carthage to conquer the city of Syracuse. With the assistance of King Pyrrhus of Epirus, the Carthaginians retreated and the city enjoyed a long period of peace and prosperity until Syracuse fell to the Romans in 212 BC.
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.