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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Sicily| > |Messana| > SH28062
Messana, Sicily, c. 445 - 439 B.C.
|Messana|, |Messana,| |Sicily,| |c.| |445| |-| |439| |B.C.|, Founded by Greek colonists in the 8th century B.C., 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 in honor of the Greek city Messene.
SH28062. Silver tetradrachm, Caltabiano, series IX, 364 (D163/R153); SNG ANS 343; HGC 2 783; SNG Cop -, Choice EF, Messana mint, weight 17.257g, maximum diameter 29.2mm, die axis 45o, c. 445 - 439 B.C.; obverse charioteer driving mule biga right, Nike flying above crowing mules, laurel leaf in ex; reverse MEΣΣ−ANION, hare leaping right, olive sprig below; nice metal, nice light toning, well struck and centered on a large medallic flan, reverse slightly double struck; SOLD










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