50 Litrai - Dionysius I


Issuer Syracuse (Sicily)
Tyrant Dionysius I the Elder (405 BC - 367 BC)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 405 BC - 370 BC
Value Decadrachm = 50 Litrai (10)
Currency Litra
Composition Gold
Weight 2.88 g
Diameter 12 mm
Shape Round (irregular)
Technique Hammered
Orientation Variable alignment ↺
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 196111
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References Dewing# 927,
Leo Mildenberg, Silvia Hurter; 1985. The Dewing Collection of Greek Coins. American Numismatic Society, New York, United States.
SNG-B Lloy# 1425,
Andrew Meadows, Peter Bagwell Purefoy, Edward S. G. Robinson; 1933. Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum (Great Britain) / Volume 2. The Lloyd Collection / Parts 1-2. Etruria to Thurium. Oxford University Press, London, United Kingdom.
And 3 more volumes.
SNG Cop# 688,
Niels Breitenstein, Willy Schwabacher; 1942. Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum: Royal Collection of Coins and Medals. Danish National Museum / Volume 1. Italy, Part 1 : Etruria - Campania. Einar Munksgaard, Copenhagen, Denmark.
And 43 more volumes.
SNG ANS 1# 341
Joan E. Fischer; 1969. Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum / Part 1. Etruria-Calabria : The Collection of the American Numismatic Society. American Numismatic Society, New York, United States.


Youthful bare head of the river-god Anapos left. Anapos was the partner of the nymph Cyane, who both witnessed Hades' abduction of Persephone and tried to prevent it; Hades turned Cyane into a spring on the site of Syracuse, and Anapos into a river in southern Sicily.


Horse galloping right, ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ in exergue.



BMC Sicily 170.

The coin in the main image (2.88g, 12mm, 1h, Good Extremely Fine):
◦ Auctioned by Roma Numismatics Ltd, Auction XVII, 28 March 2019, Lot 362. Sold for 6,000 GBP;

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