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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Sicily| > |Himera| > SH19458
Himera, Sicily, c. 430 - 420 B.C.
Himera was a Chalcidic colony founded from Zancle on the north coast of Sicily in mid-seventh century B.C. Carthage attacked in 409 B.C. At first Syracuse supported them with 4000 auxiliaries, but their general panicked for the safety of Syracuse itself abandoned Himera. The city was utterly destroyed, its buildings, even its temples, were razed to the ground. General Hannibal Mago executed more than 3000 prisoners as a human sacrifice to the memory of his grandfather General Hamilcar who had been defeated at Himera in 480 B.C. The site has been desolate ever since. The few surviving Greeks were settled by the Carthaginians eleven kilometers west of Himera at Thermae Himeraeae (Termini Imerese today). Thermae was taken by the Romans during the First Punic War.
SH19458. Bronze hemilitron, Calciati I Group III, Class III, p. 29, 13; SNG ANS 179, gVF, Himera (Termini, Sicily, Italy) mint, weight 18.409g, maximum diameter 26.6mm, c. 430 - 420 B.C.; obverse facing head of Medusa (gorgoneion); face ovoid horizontally on ample flan, almond-shaped eyes, well modeled nose, hair in large curls, protruding tongue, showing teeth, dot border; reverse six pellets (mark of value), in two columns of three, in shallow round incuse, rounded edges; ex-Vecchi Auction #12, 3/93, #147; SOLD










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