King Hieronymus of Syracuse, son of Gelon & Grandson of Heiro II
A Turbulent Reign in Ancient Syracuse
King of Syracuse (c. 231 – 214 BC) was the last king of Syracuse, a prominent city-state on the island of Sicily. He ascended to the throne in 215 BC at the young age of fifteen, following the death of his grandfather, King Hiero II. His reign was short and tumultuous, lasting for only thirteen months.
Inexperienced and influenced by pro-Carthaginian advisors, Hieronymus abandoned Syracuse’s long-standing alliance with Rome in favor of Carthage during the Second Punic War. Unfortunately, this decision sparked internal divisions and his unpopularity with the citizens of Syracuse eventually led to his assassination in 214 BC.
After Hieronymus’ death, Syracuse’s political system shifted from monarchy to democracy, marking the end of the ancient Syracusan monarchy. However, the Romans would later besiege and capture the city, significantly declining its power and influence.
Obverse: Diademed head of Hieronymos left
Reverse: Winged thunderbolt; MI above
Diameter: 27 mm
BECKER, BMC 635 Stamped on the rim, COPY stamped on the reverse
Silver-plated lead-free metal, made in the USA
Packaged in a coin collecting flip with the description of the coin printed on the flip insert.