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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Sicily| > |Himera| > GS74049
Himera, Sicily, 472 - 413 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.
GS74049. Silver obol, SNG Cop 312; SNG MŁnchen 355; BMC Sicily p. 81, 46; HGC 2 477 (R1) var. (rev legend); SNG ANS -, aVF, pitting, crystallization, edge chips, Himera (Termini, Sicily, Italy) mint, weight 0.582g, maximum diameter 10.7mm, die axis 135o, 472 - 413 B.C.; obverse bearded male (Kronos?) head right; reverse HIMERA (counterclockwise from below), plain Corinthian helmet right, no crest, within round incuse; rare; SOLD











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