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Boars, Sows and Piglets on Ancient Coins

For an interesting article about pigs on coins, see, "This Little Piggy Went to Market: Boars, Hogs, Sows and Piglets on Ancient Coins" by Mike Markowitz in CoinWeek

Pontus (Amisos?), Roman Quaestor (Lucius Lucullus?), c. 100 - 50 B.C.

|Pontos|, |Pontus| |(Amisos?),| |Roman| |Quaestor| |(Lucius| |Lucullus?),| |c.| |100| |-| |50| |B.C.||AE| |21|
The Q identifies the bare male head as a Roman Quaestor. This letter is not noted in RPC but is visible here and clear on other examples known to Forum. Perhaps the image is of Lucius Lucullus, an important Quaestor of Sulla, about whom Plutarch wrote. The reverse legend, the Latin FETIA, refers to the fetial ceremony, part of the treaty making process, during which a pig was sacrificed to sanctify the oaths. The mint location is unknown but Imhoof-Blumer placed it at Amisus, where Leypold acquired his specimen.
RP96461. Brass AE 21, RPC I 2156, SNG Leypold I p. 24, 69; Imhoof-Blumer GRMK 281, F, dark patina, flat centers, scratches, reverse die wear, reverse off center, weight 7.913 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 0o, Pontos (Amisos?) mint, c. 80 B.C.(?); obverse bare male head right, Q (quaestor) below; reverse two men standing, holding a pig between them, each with a hand raised, taking an oath of fealty, FETA IA in exergue; rare; $225.00 (207.00)

Aspendos, Pamphylia, 420 - 400 B.C.

|Aspendos|, |Aspendos,| |Pamphylia,| |420| |-| |400| |B.C.||drachm|
Aspendos was member of the Attic-Delos Maritime league but the Persians captured the city again in 411 B.C. In 389 B.C. the commander of Athens anchored off the coast of Aspendos to secure its surrender. Hoping to avoid a new war, the people of Aspendos collected money and gave it to the commander, entreating him to retreat without causing any damage. He took the money but still had his men trample all the crops in the fields. Enraged, the Aspendians stabbed and killed the Athenian commander in his tent.
SH21677. Silver drachm, SNGvA 4487, SNG Cop -, VF, weight 5.402 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 0o, Aspendos mint, 420 - 400 B.C.; obverse horseman (Mopsos) galloping right, brandishing spear; reverse boar running right, EΣT exergue; slightly grainy, toned, some flatness of strike; SOLD

Abakainon, Sicily, c. 430 - 420 B.C.

|Other| |Sicily|, |Abakainon,| |Sicily,| |c.| |430| |-| |420| |B.C.||litra|
Even today, Sicilian farmers allow their indigenous Sicilian Black Swine to forage for acorns in the oak forests of the Nebrodi Mountains near ancient Abakainon. Physically resembling and often mistaken for wild boar, they stand about 70 centimeters high and have a prominent ridge of spinal bristles running from its large head to about midway along its back. There are fewer than 2000 of these swine today. Their meat, especially Nebrodi ham, is highly prized as the pig's wild woodlands diet enhances the flavor.
GI86584. Silver litra, SNG ANS 897 (same dies); HGC 2 10 corr. (R2, same dies); Weber 1169; SNG Sicily p. 1, 2 var. (ABA/KAIN); SNG Fitz 883 var. (same), EF, well centered and struck, dark toning, bumps and marks, weight 0.857 g, maximum diameter 12.6 mm, die axis 180o, Abacaenum (Tripi, Sicily) mint, c. 430 - 420 B.C.; obverse laureate bearded male head right; reverse boar or sow standing right, acorn in the lower right field, ABAK/AINI, starting in exergue, ending retrograde above, linear border; very rare; SOLD


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