Document Type

Honors Project

Publication Date



The study of Syracusan numismatics is illustrated through the examination of thirteen coins from the Sicilian city in the Ottilia Buerger Collection of Lawrence University. The coins range in date from the fifth to the third century B.C. Although their major function was economic, the Syracusan coins have continually been the objects of admiration and study even from ancient times. In the past, studies of Syracusan coins have usually been limited to one topic, and, in general, style has rarely been discussed. This analysis of the Syracusan coins, in contrast, discusses and illustrates the importance of four interrelated areas: the history of scholarship on Syracusan coins, the relationship of the coins to historical developments, the iconography of the coins, and changes in their style over time.

Level of Honors

cum laude


Art and Art History


Carol Lawton