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ID:     728352
Type:     Greek
Region:     Sicily
City:     Syracuse
Issuer:     Hieronymus
Date Ruled:     215-214 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     10 Litrae
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC 215-214
Weight:     8.34 g
Obverse Description:     Diademed head left
Reverse Legend:     ΒΑΣΙΛΣΟΣ ΙΣΡΩΝΥΜΟΥ / MI
Reverse Description:     Winged thunderbolt; MI above
Primary Reference:     Holloway 6b (O5/R5)
Reference2:     SNG ANS 1025-1026
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Good VF, toned
Notes:     . The Syracusan ruler Hieron II, a loyal ally of Rome, died in 215 BC while the Romans were locked in a life-and-death struggle with Hannibal of Carthage. His son, Gelon, had predeceased him so the throne of Syracuse passed to his grandson, Hieronymos, a youth of only fifteen. The Carthaginian faction in Syracuse persuaded the new ruler to renounce the Roman alliance which his grandfather had so steadfastly maintained, but this soon resulted in a revolution at Syracuse in which Hieronymos and all the members of his family perished (214 BC). The young king had reigned for a mere thirteen months.