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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Sicily| > |Messana| > SH67869
Messana, Sicily, c. 455 - 451 B.C.
|Messana|, |Messana,| |Sicily,| |c.| |455| |-| |451| |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.
SH67869. Silver tetradrachm, Randazzo Hoard 222 (same dies, same obv die state); Caltabiano series VII- (D142/R138); SNG Munchen 644 var. (no D); HGC 2 781 (R1), VF, rainbow toning, struck with a very rusty damaged obverse die, Messana mint, weight 17.301g, maximum diameter 25.3mm, die axis 0o, c. 455 - 451 B.C.; obverse seated charioteer driving biga of mules right; Nike above flying right and crowning mules with wreath, olive and olive leaf in exergue; reverse MESSA-NION (counterclockwise from lower left, S's inverted), hare springing right, D below; rare; SOLD










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