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Sicily, Syracuse, Litra

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Sicily, Syracuse, Litra (obverse) Sicily, Syracuse, Litra (reverse)

In ancient Sicily, silver litrae were popular coins of everyday life. They equaled one tenth of a Corinthian stater, the so-called Pegasus stater. Those Pegasus staters were the most common trade coins within the Corinthian sphere of interest, which included Sicily and southern Italy.

The silver litrae of Syracuse featured a polyp on one face. This made them easily distinguishable from obols just as popular everyday coins equaling a twelfth of a stater and bearing a wheel.

The obverse of the Syracuse small coins always showed the head of the nymph Arethusa.

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