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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Sicily| > |Messana| > GB82651
Messana, Sicily, 411 - 408 B.C.
|Messana|, |Messana,| |Sicily,| |411| |-| |408| |B.C.|, 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, Messana mint, weight 4.673g, maximum diameter 17.8mm, die axis 180o, 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; SOLD











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