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Sicily, Abakainon, 339 - 317 B.C.
Abakainon was a native Sicel city that adopted Greek culture, but allied with Carthage. In the 5th century B.C., it was powerful and important. In 396, Dionysios I of Syracuse seized part of its territory and founded the city Tyndaris. The Carthaginian general Mago came to their aid but was defeated outside the city walls. Abakainon fell under the hegemony of Syracuse and as Tyndaris grew and prospered, Abakainon diminished to insignificance. It suffered a major earthquake in the 1st century A.D. but survived at least until the 2nd century. Tommaso Fazello (1498 - 1570) described the ruins as indicating a large city which had been destroyed to its foundations. The village of Tripi was founded on the ruins in 1061.
GB86300. Bronze tetras, Calciati
I 5; SNG ANS 9
01; HGC 2
34 (S); SNG Cop
-, SNG München
-; SNG Tübingen
-; SNG Morcom
-; SNG Lloyd
-, gVF, well centered
, dark green patina
, bumps and scratches, tiny spots of slight corrosion, obverse
center struck a little flat, Abakainon (Tripi, Sicily
) mint, weight
2.404g, maximum diameter
13.7mm, die axis
, 339 - 317 B.C.; obverse head
of a nymph left, hair in ampyx
, wearing drop earring; reverse
ABAKAINI-NΩN, forepart of bull charging left, head
turned facing; very rare
Catalog current as of Thursday, March 21, 2019.
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