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Messana, Sicily, c. 478 - 476 B.C.

|Messana|, |Messana,| |Sicily,| |c.| |478| |-| |476| |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.
SH95922. Silver tetradrachm, Caltabiano Series IIB, 71 (D39'/R37); SNG ANS 319; SNG Cop 390; SNG Tübingen 605; SNG München 629; BMC Sicily p. 100, 11; HGC 2 779, Choice aVF, toned, well centered on a tight flan, bumps and scratches, die wear, weight 17.355 g, maximum diameter 26.5 mm, die axis 0o, Messana mint, c. 478 - 476 B.C.; obverse bearded man seated driving biga of mules walking right, knees drawn up, reins in both hands, goad in left hand, laurel leaf in exergue; reverse MESSA-NIO-N (counterclockwise from lower left, S's inverted), hare springing right; from the Errett Bishop Collection; ex Bowers & Ruddy Galleries auction; Dr. Richard P. Ariagno Collection Part II (9-11 Jun 1980), lot 39; $950.00 (€874.00)
 


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


Messana, Sicily, c. 450 B.C.

|Messana|, |Messana,| |Sicily,| |c.| |450| |B.C.||hemilitron|
The H on the obverse might mark the denomination (HMIΛITPON).
GS83255. Silver hemilitron, Pozzi 1102; BMC Sicily p. 106, 65; SNG Cop -, F/Fair, weight 0.347 g, maximum diameter 11.0 mm, die axis 0o, Messana mint, obverse hare leaping right, H below; reverse ME in wreath; rare tiny denomination; SOLD







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