A copper coin issued by the city of Syracuse, Sicily, 278-276 BC
Issued during the Sicilian campaign of Pyrrhus of Epirus
Mint: Syracuse

Reference: BMC Sicily p.207 No. 503
Die axis: 09

Obverse Description

Herakles facing left wearing lion's skin

Reverse Description

Pallas advancing right hurling a thunderbolt and holding a shield. Around below in Greek {SYRA KOSION}

Edge Description



Pyrrhus became king of Epirus and Macedon. He fought the Pyrrhic War 280-275 BC fighting in Sicily when this coin was produced, 278-276 BC.
His costly military successes against Macedonia and Rome gave rise to the phrase "Pyrrhic victory"

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