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Akragas, Sicily

Akragas was founded early in the 6th century by colonists from Gela. It was second only to Syracuse in importance on Sicily but was sacked by the Carthaginians in 406 B.C. It was renamed Agrigentum after it fell to Rome in 210 B.C.

Akragas, Sicily, c. 425 - 406 B.C.

|Akragas|, |Akragas,| |Sicily,| |c.| |425| |-| |406| |B.C.||hemilitron|
Some lighter spots on this coin might be potentially active (bronze disease) but we have had this coin for almost two years and nothing has changed. If you live in New Orleans and don't have air conditioning, you might not want to buy this coin. Otherwise, we think there is little to worry about. The low price reflects the potential issue.
GI93436. Bronze hemilitron, Calciati I p. 170, 19; SNG ANS 1022 ff.; SNG Cop 70; HGC 2 136; BMC Sicily -; McClean -; SNG Munchen -; SNG Morcom -, aVF, areas of rough corrosion, spots of potentially active corrosion, weight 22.830 g, maximum diameter 31.7 mm, die axis 135o, Akragas (Agrigento, Sicily, Italy) mint, c. 425 - 406 B.C.; obverse AKPA, eagle flying right, wings open, head lowered, clutching supine hare in talons; reverse crab seen from above, hippocamp left below, three pairs of pellets flanking claws (six total, mark of value), all within a shallow round incuse; from the Errett Bishop Collection; very rare; $65.00 (€53.30)
 


Akragas, Sicily, c. 495 - 482 B.C.

|Akragas|, |Akragas,| |Sicily,| |c.| |495| |-| |482| |B.C.||didrachm|
Akragas was founded early in the 6th century by colonists from Gela. It was second only to Syracuse in importance on Sicily but was sacked by the Carthaginians in 406 B.C. It was renamed Agrigentum after it fell to Rome in 210 B.C.
SH35526. Silver didrachm, cf. Jenkins III; SNG ANS 940; SNG Cop 27; SNG Munchen 43, gVF, struck with dies engraved in the finest style for this archaic type, weight 8.810 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 255o, Akragas (Agrigento, Sicily, Italy) mint, c. 495 - 482 B.C.; obverse AKPAΓ/AΣ, eagle standing left; reverse crab in incuse convex round; SOLD


Akragas, Sicily, c. 510 - 472 B.C.

|Akragas|, |Akragas,| |Sicily,| |c.| |510| |-| |472| |B.C.||didrachm|
Akragas was founded early in the 6th century by colonists from Gela. It was second only to Syracuse in importance on Sicily but was sacked by the Carthaginians in 406 B.C. It was renamed Agrigentum after it fell to Rome in 210 B.C.
GS21673. Silver didrachm, SNG ANS 950, gVF, weight 8.614 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 270o, Akragas (Agrigento, Sicily, Italy) mint, c. 510 - 472 B.C.; obverse AK/RA, eagle standing right, wings closed; reverse crab viewed from above, within deep round incuse; SOLD










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