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Octopuses on Ancient Coins
Eryx, Sicily, c. 400 - 340 B.C.

|Other| |Sicily|, |Eryx,| |Sicily,| |c.| |400| |-| |340| |B.C.|, |onkia|
Eryx stood on the summit of an isolated mountain at the north-west extremity of Sicily. Calciati notes, "There are considerable variations in the minting technique of these small bronzes. Besides coins which have been struck in pairs with pronounced tangs cut by shears there are blanks with rounded edges and truncated-conic ones. A common feature is an imperfect technique, which is otherwise justified by the fact that these small coins were produced for local needs." This Eryx type is similar to an issue from Syracuse but struck with crude dies on crude flans.
SH63885. Bronze onkia, Calciati I p. 287, 24; SNG ANS -, VF, weight 1.315 g, maximum diameter 10.5 mm, die axis 180o, Eryx (Erice, Sicily) mint, c. 400 B.C.; obverse female head right; reverse octopus; scarce; SOLD


Eryx, Sicily, 400 - 340 B.C.

|Other| |Sicily|, |Eryx,| |Sicily,| |400| |-| |340| |B.C.|, |AE| |13|
Eryx stood on the summit of an isolated mountain at the north-west extremity of Sicily. Calciati notes, "There are considerable variations in the minting technique of these small bronzes. Besides coins [such as our coin] which have been struck in pairs with pronounced tangs cut by shears (N. 19/1) there are blanks with rounded edges and truncated-conic ones. A common feature is an imperfect technique, which is otherwise justified by the fact that these small coins were produced for local needs."
GB27231. Bronze AE 13, Calciati I, p. 287, 24; BMC Sicily -; SNG Cop -; SNG ANS -; SNG Munchen -, F, weight 1.361 g, maximum diameter 13.3 mm, Eryx (Erice, Sicily) mint, 400 - 340 B.C.; obverse female head right; reverse octopus; more attractive examples of this type are rare; scarce; SOLD







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