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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Sicily| > |Syracuse| > GB34306
Syracuse, Sicily, Pyrrhus of Epirus, 278 - 276 B.C.
In 279 B.C., Pyrrhus' forces, supporting the Greek cities of southern Italy, met and defeated the Romans at the battle of Asculum in Apulia. Pyrrhus, however, lost many men, several close associates, and all of his baggage. When one of his soldiers congratulated him on his victory, he famously replied: "Another such victory and we are ruined!" From this we have the term Pyrrhic victory, a victory achieved at ruinous cost.
GB34306. Bronze AE 22, Calciati II 186; SGCV I 1216 var., Fair, weight 8.109g, maximum diameter 22.1mm, 278 - 276 B.C.; obverse head of Persephone right, wreathed with corn, symbol behind; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠYPPOY, Demeter seated left on large throne, holding grain and scepter; SOLD











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