By Chris Chatigny, Cataloger
The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio world and ancient coin auction to be held this August in Chicago is a cornerstone event for the ANA World’s Fair of Money. To build anticipation Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio will highlight an interesting and high-value coin every week up until the auction starts in August. This week we feature an ancient coin with a pedigree that is near and dear to us -- the Lawrence R. Stack Collection of Ancient Greek Coins. Mr. Lawrence R. Stack, of the famous Stack family, is one of our Senior Numismatic Experts. In addition to its exceptional pedigree, the coin is of particularly high artistic quality. The city of Syracuse, on the island of Sicily situated off the coastal toe of Italy in the Mediterranean Sea, was the most important city in Magna Graecia. Syracuse was a major power in the ancient world, and during the fifth century B.C. rivaled Athens in size.