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Hares on Ancient Coins
Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.||aureus|
The rabbit on the reverse is in reference to the Roman province of Hispania Baetica and the issue is an appeal for the aid of the gods as during Hadrian's first travels around the empire, leaving Rome in 121. On this example, Minerva is shown in her "peace-giving" aspect versus her more often seen guise of war.
SH34690. Gold aureus, Calico 1309 var. (obv legend break), RIC II 70 var. (same plus portrait and spear vice scepter); BMCRE III 117 - 118 var. (same); SRCV II -, VF, some circulation marks, weight 7.129 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 119 - 122 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HA-DRIANVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right from behind; reverse P M TR P COS III, Minerva standing facing, helmeted head left, long scepter in left hand, right hand pointing to Spanish olive tree on left, rabbit right at the base of the tree; ex Munzhandlung Basel, 6 March 1936 (Dr. H St. S & Prince Waldeck); very rare; SOLD


Eryx, Sicily, c. 400 - 390 B.C.

|Other| |Sicily|, |Eryx,| |Sicily,| |c.| |400| |-| |390| |B.C.||onkia|
Calciati 13 and SNG 1328 are similar to this coin but with a female head on the obverse and the pellet above the dog on the reverse. Calciati 13A has a male head, but the dog faces left. The only reference that records this specific type is the Handbook of Greek Coins. The photographed HGC coin shares the same reverse die with our coin, but is incorrectly described as a hexantes or dionkia with an additional (second) pellet above. Despite the lack of examples in the primary references (and we checked more than listed here), there are several examples online.
SH90697. Bronze onkia, HGC 2 315 (R1) corr. (same rev. die); Calciati I p. 283, 13A var. (hound left, etc.); SNG III additions pl. 42, 1328 var. (pellet above, etc.), Choice VF, superb style, weak reverse legend, weight 3.094 g, maximum diameter 14.4 mm, die axis 90o, Eryx (Erice, Sicily) mint, c. 400 - 390 B.C.; obverse beardless, young male head right; reverse EP-YKIN-O-N, dog standing right, head turned back, right foreleg on hare on its back below, pellet right; very rare; SOLD


Messana, Sicily, c. 455 - 451 B.C.

|Messana|, |Messana,| |Sicily,| |c.| |455| |-| |451| |B.C.||tetradrachm|
Founded by Greek colonists in the 8th century B.C., 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 in honor of the Greek city Messene.
SH67869. Silver tetradrachm, Randazzo Hoard 222 (same dies, same obv die state); Caltabiano series VII- (D142/R138); SNG Munchen 644 var. (no D); HGC 2 781 (R1), VF, rainbow toning, struck with a very rusty damaged obverse die, weight 17.301 g, maximum diameter 25.3 mm, die axis 0o, Messana mint, c. 455 - 451 B.C.; obverse seated charioteer driving biga of mules right; Nike above flying right and crowning mules with wreath, olive and olive leaf in exergue; reverse MESSA-NION (counterclockwise from lower left, S's inverted), hare springing right, D below; rare; SOLD


Akragas, Sicily, 338 - 317 B.C.

|Akragas|, |Akragas,| |Sicily,| |338| |-| |317| |B.C.||AE| |18|
Located on a plateau overlooking Sicily's southern coast, Akragas was founded c. 582 B.C. by colonists from Gela. It grew rapidly, becoming second only to Syracuse in importance on Sicily but was sacked by Carthage in 406 B.C. and never fully recovered. It was renamed Agrigentum after it fell to Rome in 210 B.C.
GI76352. Bronze AE 18, Calciati I p. 206, 116 R1 2; SNG ANS 1113; HGC 2 164; SNG Cop 95 var.; SNG Munchen -, gVF, superb style, nice green patina, tight flan, weight 6.283 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 270o, Akragas (Agrigento, Sicily, Italy) mint, 338 - 317 B.C.; obverse ANTKPANT-ΓANT, laureate head of Zeus left; reverse eagle standing left, wings open, tearing at hare left in talons, Δ below wings; SOLD


Olympia, Elis, Greece, 235 - 191 B.C.

|Peloponnesos|, |Olympia,| |Elis,| |Greece,| |235| |-| |191| |B.C.||drachm|
Elis is in southern Greece on the Peloponnese, bounded on the north by Achaea, east by Arcadia, south by Messenia, and west by the Ionian Sea. Over the course of the archaic and classical periods, the polis "city-state" of Elis controlled much of the region of Elis, most probably through unequal treaties with other cities; many inhabitants of Elis were Perioeciautonomous free non-citizens. Perioeci, unlike other Spartans, could travel freely between cities. Thus the polis of Elis was formed. According to Strabo, the first settlement was created by Oxylus the Aetolian who invaded there and subjugated the residents. The city of Elis underwent synoecismas Strabo notesin 471 B.C. Elis held authority over the site of Olympia and the Olympic games. The spirit of the games had influenced the formation of the market: apart from the bouleuterion, the place the boule "citizen's council" met, which was in one of the gymnasia, most of the other buildings were related to the games, including two gymnasia, a palaestra, and the House of the Hellanodikai.
SH08308. Silver drachm, Seltman Olympia, group L, 35; BMC Peloponnesus 134; SGCV I 2899 var, toned gVF, weight 4.65 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 90o, Olympia mint, 235 - 191 B.C.; obverse eagle flying right, grasping hare in talons; reverse F - A, thunderbolt; beautiful old cabinet toning, ex B.A. Seaby (London); SOLD


Messana, Sicily, c. 438 - 434 B.C.

|Messana|, |Messana,| |Sicily,| |c.| |438| |-| |434| |B.C.||tetradrachm|
In 438 B.C., the Parthenon on the Acropolis at Athens was completed by Ictinus and Callicrates and consecrated after nine years of construction. It was dedicated at the Panathenaea (a festival held in honour of Athena every four years on the Acropolis).
SH60307. Silver tetradrachm, Caltabiano, series X, 420 - 422 (-/R173); SNG Munchen 649; HGC 2 783 var. (R1, symbols below hare), aF, toned, struck with worn dies, weight 16.919 g, maximum diameter 28.1 mm, die axis 180o, Messana mint, c. 438 - 434 B.C.; obverse charioteer driving mule biga right, Nike flying above crowing mules with wreath, laurel leaf in ex; reverse MΕΣΣA-N-I-ON (counterclockwise starting lower left), hare leaping right; SOLD


Messana, Sicily, 480 - 461 B.C.

|Messana|, |Messana,| |Sicily,| |480| |-| |461| |B.C.||obol|
Founded by Greek colonists in the 8th century B.C., 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 in honor of the Greek city Messene.
SH13681. Silver obol, SNG ANS 324, SGCV I 845, Choice VF, weight .684 g, maximum diameter 10.4 mm, die axis 180o, Messana mint, obverse hare running right, in circle of dots; reverse MES (retrograde), in circle of dots; toned, well centered, attractive; scarce; SOLD


Messana, Sicily, c. 480 - 461 B.C.

|Messana|, |Messana,| |Sicily,| |c.| |480| |-| |461| |B.C.||litra|
Founded by Greek colonists in the 8th century B.C., 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 in honor of the Greek city Messene.
GS91504. Silver litra, Caltabiano 256 - 261, SNG ANS 324, HGC 2 812 (R2), F, toned, etched surfaces, weight 0.490 g, maximum diameter 9.9 mm, die axis 180o, Messana (Messina, Italy) mint, c. 480 - 461 B.C.; obverse hare running right, in circle of dots; reverse MES (S reversed), in circle of dots; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; very rare; SOLD







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