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View CategoriesHome > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Sicily| > |Other Sicily| > SH63885Eryx, Sicily, c. 400 - 340 B.C. 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, Eryx (Erice, Sicily) mint, weight 1.315g, maximum diameter 10.5mm, die axis 180o, c. 400 B.C.; obverse female head right; reverse octopus; scarce; SOLD
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