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Home > Catalog > Greek Coins > Geographic - All Periods > Sicily > Syracuse > GB88302
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.
GB88302. Bronze AE 24, Calciati II p. 324, 177 Ds 14 Rs 60; BMC Sicily p. 206, 495; SNG Cop 811; SNG ANS 844; HGC 2 1450 (S), VF, attractive style, well centered, some die wear (break at chin), scattered slight porosity, light marks, small edge splits, Syracuse mint, weight 10.262g, maximum diameter 24.1mm, die axis 270o, 278 - 276 B.C.; obverse ΣYPAKOΣIΩN (clockwise from lower left), head of Herakles left, clad in lion-skin headdress, cornucopia (control symbol) behind; reverse Athena Promachos advancing right, hurling javelin with right hand, shield on left arm, vertical thunderbolt (control symbol) behind; ex Frascatius Ancient Coins (2010); scarce; SOLD











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