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