Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête de Poséidon à gauche, coiffée de la tainia ; grènetis circulaire.
Reverse description : Tête de trident ornementée, accostée de deux dauphins, la tête en bas ; grènetis circulaire.
Reverse legend : IERO-NOS/ LU.
SICILY - SYRACUSE
Hiero II, king of Syracuse (274-216 avant J.-C.)
Around 270 BC, Hiero had married Philistis, a descendant of Dionysius (405-367 AC.), Tyrant of Syracuse. Hiero claimed to have ancestor Gelo himself (485-478 AC.), Founder of the Syracusan power. Officer of the army of Pyrrhus, king after he replaced his departure in 274 BC, and during his long reign, tried to maintain a difficult balance between the Romans and the Carthaginians. After the end of the first Punic War in 241 BC, Sicily became a Roman and Syracuse days were numbered.