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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
, 411 - 408 B.C.; obverse
of nymph Peloria left, hair in ampyx
behind neck; reverse
MEΣΣANIΩN, trident, A P between prongs, scallop shell left, hare downward on right; rare
Catalog current as of Tuesday, March 19, 2019.
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