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Founded by Greek colonists in the 8th century BC, Messina was originally called Zancle, from the Greek meaning "scythe" because of the shape of its natural harbor (though a legend attributes the name to King Zanclus). In the early 5th century BC, Anaxilas of Rhegium renamed it Messene in honor of the Greek city Messene.GB82651. Bronze hemilitron, Calciati I p. 51, 9mv4/1; BMC Sicily p. 107, 71; cf. SNG ANS 390 (controls obscure), F, well centered, scratches, encrustation, corrosion, weight 4.673 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 180o, Messana mint, 411 - 408 B.C.; obverse ΠEΛΩPIAΣ, head of nymph Peloria left, hair in ampyx and sphendone, dolphin behind neck; reverse MEΣΣANIΩN, trident, A P between prongs, scallop shell left, hare downward on right; rare; $60.00 (Ä52.80)
Akragas, Sicily, c. 425 - 406 B.C.
Akragas was founded early in the 6th century by colonists from Gela. It was second only to Syracuse in importance on Sicily but was sacked by the Carthaginians in 406 B.C. It was renamed Agrigentum after it fell to Rome in 210 B.C. GI89172. Bronze tetras, Calciati I p. 181 ff., 55; SNG Cop 77; SNG ANS 1045; SNG MŁnchen 133; SNG Morcom 523; HGC 2 140, aF, weight 8.356 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, die axis 180o, Akragas (Agrigento, Sicily, Italy) mint, c. 425 - 406 B.C.; obverse AKPA, eagle standing right, wings open, head down, hare in its talons; reverse crab seen from above, three pellets over crayfish left below; ex CNG; $40.00 (Ä35.20)
Messana, Sicily, c. 450 B.C.
The H on the obverse might mark the denomination (HMIΛITPON).GS83255. Silver hemilitron, Pozzi 1102; BMC Sicily p. 106, 65; SNG Cop -, F/Fair, weight 0.347 g, maximum diameter 11.0 mm, die axis 0o, Messana mint, obverse hare leaping right, H below; reverse ME in wreath; rare tiny denomination; SOLD