Ancient Coinage of Syracuse, Sicily, Pyrrhos


King of Syracuse 295-272 BC.
Note: BMC describes the Sicilian coinage of Pyrrhos in the "Thessaly to Aetolia" volume, not in the Sicily volume.

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BMC VII, 35Syracuse, Sicily AE17. Time of Pyrros, 278-276 BC. Head of Athena left in Corinthian helmet, thunderbolt behind head / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠYΡΡOY above and below grain ear, all within oak wreath. Calciati 187. TextImage
BMC 505Pyrrhos, Sicily, 278-276 BC, AE. 10,34 g. Head of Herakles left, wearing lionskin / ΣYΡAKOΣIΩN, Athena Promachos advancing right, wielding spear and holding shield on outstretched left arm, owl to right. BMC 505; Calciati 176.TextImage
Calciati 175Syracuse, Sicily. Pyrrhus. 278-276 BC. AE 24mm. ΣYΡAKOΣIΩN, head of Herakles left, in lionskin headdress / Athena Promachos standing right, holding thunderbolt overhead in right hand, shield on left arm; owl before. SNG ANS 850. TextImage
Calciati 176Syracuse, Sicily. Pyrrhus. 278-276 BC. AE 23mm. Head of Herakles left, in lionskin headdress / ΣYΡAKOΣIΩN, Athena Promachos standing right, holding thunderbolt overhead in right hand, shield on left arm. SNG Cop 813. TextImage
Calciati 177Syracuse, Sicily, time of Pyrrhos. 278-276 BC. AE 23mm. Head of Herakles left, in lionskin headdress / ΣYΡAKOΣIΩN, Athena Promachos advancing right, brandishing spear and shield; wreath in left field. SNG ANS 846. TextImage
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Calciati 182Syracuse. Pyrrhos. 278-276 BC. AE 24mm. Head of Herakles right in lion’s skin headdress / Athena Promachos walking right, with thunderbolt and shield. TextImage
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Calciati 184vSyracuse, Sicily. Pyrrhus. 278-276 BC. AE 24mm. ΦΘIAΣ, veiled head of Phthia left, in wreath of oak; pedum (?) behind / BASILEWS above, PURROU below, thunderbolt. TextImage
Calciati 185vSyracuse, Sicily. Pyrrhus. 278-276 BC. AE 22mm. Wreathed head of Persephone right, in single-pendant earring and necklace; ear of grain behind / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠYΡΡOY, Demeter seated right, holding sceptre in left arm, stalk of barley in right. TextImage
Calciati 187Syracuse, Sicily. Pyrrhos. 278-276 BC. AE 18mm (6.38 gm). Head of Athena left, wearing crested Corinthian helmet; dolphin behind / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠYΡΡOY, grain ear; all within oak wreath. TextImage
SNG ANS 184cfSicily, Pyrrhus AE24. ΦΘIAΣ, veiled head of Phthia left, in oak wreath, forepart of hippocamp behind neck / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠYΡΡOY, thunderbolt. Cf SNG ANS 834–835. TextImage
SNG ANS 828Syracuse, Sicily. Pyrrhos. 278-276 BC. AR Octobol. Wreathed head of Kore left; altar and A behind / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠYΡΡOY, Athena standing left, brandishing spear in right hand, large shield on left arm. SNG Cop 94. TextImage
SNG ANS 828cfSicily. Syracuse. Pyrrhus (278-275 BC). Silver 5 litrae (5.35 gm). Head of Kore left, wreathed with grain, in pendant earring / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠYΡΡOY, Athena, viewed from behind, standing left, brandishing spear and shield. Cf. SNG ANS 828 (with altar symbol). Extremely fine ex Leu 72 (12 May 1998), lot 119. TextImage
SNG ANS 847Syracuse, Sicily. Pyrrhus. 278-276 BC. AE 24mm. Head of Herakles left, in lionskin headdress / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠYΡΡOY, Athena Promachos standing right, brandishing thunderbolt in right hand, shield on left arm; owl before. SNG Cop 809. TextImage
Sear (Greece Vol 1) entries - See above for examples where present
980AV Stater Head of Athena right / Nike stepping left. BMC 1
981AV hemi-stater Head of Artemis right / Nike stepping left. BMC 5
982AR Octobol. Head of Persephone right / Athena Alkidemos left. BMC 9
1213AE23 (city name on the obverse) Head of Herakles left / Athena Promachos right, holding spear and shield. BMC 493
1214AE23 (city name on the reverse) Head of Herakles left / Athena Promachos right, holding thunderbolt and shield. BMC 503
1215AE26 Head of Phthia left / winged thunderbolt. BMC 20
1216AE23 Head of Persephone right / Demeter seated right. BMC 27
1217AE19 Head of Athena left / Ear of corn. BMC 30 (Sear cites BMC 27 in error)
Entry for pyrrhos on the Digital Historia Numorum
Search for Pyrrhos in the British SNG Volumes' Database at the Fitzwilliam Museum
Search for Pyrrhos in the ANS Database
Search for Pyrrhos in the RPC IV (Antonines) database at the Ashmolean Museum

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