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Boars, Sows and Piglets on Ancient Coins

For an interesting article about pigs on coins, see, "This Little Piggy Went to Market: Boars, Hogs, Sows and Piglets on Ancient Coins" by Mike Markowitz in CoinWeek

Aspendos, Pamphylia, 420 - 400 B.C.

|Aspendos|, |Aspendos,| |Pamphylia,| |420| |-| |400| |B.C.||drachm|
Aspendos was member of the Attic-Delos Maritime league but the Persians captured the city again in 411 B.C. In 389 B.C. the commander of Athens anchored off the coast of Aspendos to secure its surrender. Hoping to avoid a new war, the people of Aspendos collected money and gave it to the commander, entreating him to retreat without causing any damage. He took the money but still had his men trample all the crops in the fields. Enraged, the Aspendians stabbed and killed the Athenian commander in his tent.
SH21677. Silver drachm, SNGvA 4487, SNG Cop -, VF, weight 5.402 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 0o, Aspendos mint, 420 - 400 B.C.; obverse horseman (Mopsos) galloping right, brandishing spear; reverse boar running right, EΣT exergue; slightly grainy, toned, some flatness of strike; SOLD

Cyprus, Early 5th Century B.C.

|Cyprus|, |Cyprus,| |Early| |5th| |Century| |B.C.||stater|
The obverse die was used to strike three different issues, with different reverses. This type is from the third issue, when the obverse die was heavily worn and the ankh was engraved over the ram. The published specimens have no symbol or monogram on the reverse. There are other examples of this variant on Coin Archives.
GS87794. Silver stater, Apparently unpublished variant; cf. Zapiti-Michaelidou pl. VIII, 2; Asyut pl. XXXII, N; Troxell-Waggoner p. 35, 8-9; Tziambazis -; Traité -; BMC -, aVF/VF, struck with the worn obverse die (as are all coins from this issue), slightly off center, light bumps and marks, weight 10.662 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 270o, uncertain Cypriot mint, early 5th century B.C.; obverse ram walking left, ankh symbol superimposed on and above the ram's side and back (the ankh symbol was recut on a heavily worn die); reverse laurel branch with two leaves and three fruits, monogram lower left, all in dotted square within incuse square; rare; SOLD

Abakainon, Sicily, c. 430 - 420 B.C.

|Other| |Sicily|, |Abakainon,| |Sicily,| |c.| |430| |-| |420| |B.C.||litra|
Even today, Sicilian farmers allow their indigenous Sicilian Black Swine to forage for acorns in the oak forests of the Nebrodi Mountains near ancient Abakainon. Physically resembling and often mistaken for wild boar, they stand about 70 centimeters high and have a prominent ridge of spinal bristles running from its large head to about midway along its back. There are fewer than 2000 of these swine today. Their meat, especially Nebrodi ham, is highly prized as the pig's wild woodlands diet enhances the flavor.
GI86584. Silver litra, SNG ANS 897 (same dies); HGC 2 10 corr. (R2, same dies); Weber 1169; SNG Sicily p. 1, 2 var. (ABA/KAIN); SNG Fitz 883 var. (same), EF, well centered and struck, dark toning, bumps and marks, weight 0.857 g, maximum diameter 12.6 mm, die axis 180o, Abacaenum (Tripi, Sicily) mint, c. 430 - 420 B.C.; obverse laureate bearded male head right; reverse boar or sow standing right, acorn in the lower right field, ABAK/AINI, starting in exergue, ending retrograde above, linear border; very rare; SOLD


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