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Dogs on Ancient Coins
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

Roman Republic, Struck Litrae Coinage, c. 235 - 230 B.C.

|before| |211| |B.C.|, |Roman| |Republic,| |Struck| |Litrae| |Coinage,| |c.| |235| |-| |230| |B.C.||hemilitron|
In 232 B.C., despite the opposition of the Roman Senate and of his own father, the Roman political leader Gaius Flaminius Nepos won passage of a measure to distribute land among the plebeians. The Romans decided to parcel out land north of Rome (the Ager Gallicus) into small holdings for its poorer citizens whose farms have fallen into ruin during the First Punic War.
RR66057. Bronze hemilitron, Crawford 26/4, Sydenham 22, BMCRR Romano-Campanian 44, HN Italy 309, SRCV I 598, VF, some roughness, weight 1.545 g, maximum diameter 12.1 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, c. 235 - 230 B.C.; obverse head of Roma right, wearing Phrygian helmet; reverse hound standing right, left foreleg raised, ROMA in exergue; SOLD

Eryx, Sicily, c. 412 - 409 B.C.

|Other| |Sicily|, |Eryx,| |Sicily,| |c.| |412| |-| |409| |B.C.||onkia|
Eryx stood on the summit of an isolated mountain at the north-west extremity of Sicily.
GB76859. Bronze onkia, Calciati I p. 282, 7; HGC 2 17 (R2); SNG Cop 247; BMC Sicily -, aVF, weight 1.470 g, maximum diameter 11.2 mm, die axis 345o, Eryx (Erice, Sicily) mint, c. 412 - 409 B.C.; obverse bearded male head right, wearing hair band, EPYKI before (off flan), pellet (mark of value) behind; reverse hound running right, head turned back looking left; nicer than the photo; very rare; SOLD


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