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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.||sestertius|
Hadrian was born in Hispania. The origin of the name Hispania is much disputed and the evidence for the various speculations is very weak. Two theories hold it to be of Punic derivation, from the Phoenician language of colonizing Carthage. In Hebrew, "i-shfania" means "island of the rabbit." Punic-Phoenician and Hebrew are both Canaanite languages and therefore closely related to each other. The name Hispania may be derived from an ancient Punic name identifying the place as a land of rabbits. Another theory holds the name is derived the word from the Phoenician word "span," meaning hidden, indicating a hidden, that is, a remote, or far-distant land. Although missing on this specimen, the rabbit in this series has been used as evidence to support the first theory.
RB97212. Orichalcum sestertius, BMCRE III 1748 (no rabbit), RIC II-3 1664 (S), Cohen II 832 (no rabbit), Cohen II 840 (rabbit right), Hunter II -, SRCV II -, aF, dark brown patina, edge crack, light scratches and deposits, tooling on reverse legend, weight 23.335 g, maximum diameter 31.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 134 - 138 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate and draped bust right; reverse HISPANIA, Hispania reclining left, olive branch in extended right hand, left arm on rocks, rabbit (if any, worn) right on near side of rocks, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; scarce; $140.00 SALE |PRICE| $126.00

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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