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Live auction - bgr_527647 - SICILY - SYRACUSE Decalitrai

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Type : Decalitrai
Date: c. 215-214 AC.
Mint name / Town : Syracuse, Sicile
Metal : silver
Diameter : 23 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 8,48 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale bien centré des deux côtés avec les grènetis visibles. Belle tête de Hiéronymos de haut relief, finement détaillé. Joli revers. Très belle patine de médaillier avec des reflets mordorés
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Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête diadémée de Hiéronymos à gauche.


Reverse description : Foudre ailé.
Reverse legend : BASILEOS/ IERONUMOU/ AF.
Reverse translation : (du roi Hieronymos).

Historical background


(215-214 BC)

Hiéronymoy (215-214 avant J.-C.)

After the death of Hiero in 215 BC, his nephew succeeded him, and was nicknamed "the little Hieron" to differentiate it from his august predecessor. The new monarch allied with Carthage and Hannibal who is now in southern Italy Capua. Unfortunately, he will regret this alliance was overthrown the following year and the Republic is restored. This gesture of the new rulers is not sufficient to prevent the Romans to invade Sicily and laid siege to Syracuse. Despite a fierce and support war machines designed by Archimedes, especially incendiary mirrors resistance, the city fell. Marcellus, the Roman Imperator, trying in vain to save the great scientist who was killed by a soldier. Syracuse is plundered. The Romans were masters of the whole of Sicily in 210 BC.

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