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"The reverse of Hieronymos’s new coinage struck a single theme … a winged thunderbolt … The new reverse meant determination, vigor, and power. Hieronymos had chosen a symbol which belonged to Zeus."

R. Ross Holloway, The Thirteen-months coinage of Hieronymos of Syracuse (Walter de Gruyter & Co., 1969)
Hieronymos silver 10 litrae coin
£2,500
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"The reverse of Hieronymos’s new coinage struck a single theme … a winged thunderbolt … The new reverse meant determination, vigor, and power. Hieronymos had chosen a symbol which belonged to Zeus."

R. Ross Holloway, The Thirteen-months coinage of Hieronymos of Syracuse (Walter de Gruyter & Co., 1969)
Hieronymos silver 10 litrae coin
£2,500
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Hieronymos silver 10 litrae coin

Circa 216-215 BC

The obverse with a portrait of the Syracusan tyrant Hieronymos, seen here fresh-faced at 15 years old. The reverse with a winged thunderbolt. The Greek inscription reads:

ΒΑΣΙΛΕΟΣ ΙΕΡΩΝΥΜΟΥ

"Of King Hieronymos”.

Hieronymos ascended the throne during the Second Punic War, a time of great instability in Sicily during which he was persuaded to switch Syracuse’s loyalties from Rome to the Carthaginians. This was a grave strategic mistake, the repercussions of which he did not live to see as he was assassinated by a pro-Roman faction, after only 13 months as king.

Hieronymos’s coins offer a rich and interesting iconography. The present example is beautifully toned, with a superb portrait of the teenage king.

Weight: 8.40 g

Diameter: 23.10 mm

Provenance:

M. Kampmann, Paris, 9 April 1976, lot 5, with old collector's ticket.

£2,500

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