To provide his city with divisional coins, the tyrant Dionysius of Syracuse developed a bronze coinage for his city. He introduced two new denominations, the litra and the drachm
This bronze drachm originates from that time. It depicts the head of the goddess Athena wearing a Corinthian helmet and a star with two dolphins. This denomination was meant to bridge between the high denomination gold and silver coins and the smaller litra and its bronze fractions.