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Octopuses on Ancient Coins
Akragas, Sicily, c. 420 - 406 B.C.

|Akragas|, |Akragas,| |Sicily,| |c.| |420| |-| |406| |B.C.||hemilitron|
On similar common types, the eagle is right, sometimes devouring the fish, and on the reverse the positions of octopus and conch are switched. This particular type with the eagle screaming left and the octopus to the left the conch is missing from all the references examined (Calciati, HGC 2, SNG ANS, SNG Cop, SNG Munchen, SNG Tubingen, SNG Lloyd, BMC Sicily, McClean, Weber, et al.). This coin is the only example on Coin Archives (the Savoca auction).
GB86317. Bronze hemilitron, apparently unpublished; Calciati 47 var. (conch to left); HGC 2 135 (R1) corr. (same obv. die but text says eagle right) var. (conch to left), VF, well centered, some porosity, reverse slightly rough, weight 21.219 g, maximum diameter 27.9 mm, die axis 90o, Akragas (Agrigento, Sicily, Italy) mint, c. 420 - 406 B.C.; obverse AKP-AΓANTIN-ON, eagle standing left on fish, raising head up screaming, wings open; reverse crab from above, eel in right claw, octopus to left of conch shell below, six pellets around; ex Savoca Numismatik, auction 4 (30 Aug 2015), lot 176; extremely rare variety; SOLD


Eryx, Sicily, c. 400 - 340 B.C.

|Other| |Sicily|, |Eryx,| |Sicily,| |c.| |400| |-| |340| |B.C.||onkia|
Eryx stood on the summit of an isolated mountain at the north-west extremity of Sicily. Calciati notes, "There are considerable variations in the minting technique of these small bronzes. Besides coins which have been struck in pairs with pronounced tangs cut by shears there are blanks with rounded edges and truncated-conic ones. A common feature is an imperfect technique, which is otherwise justified by the fact that these small coins were produced for local needs." This Eryx type is similar to an issue from Syracuse but struck with crude dies on crude flans.
SH63885. Bronze onkia, Calciati I p. 287, 24; SNG ANS -, VF, weight 1.315 g, maximum diameter 10.5 mm, die axis 180o, Eryx (Erice, Sicily) mint, c. 400 B.C.; obverse female head right; reverse octopus; scarce; SOLD


Eryx, Sicily, 400 - 340 B.C.

|Other| |Sicily|, |Eryx,| |Sicily,| |400| |-| |340| |B.C.||AE| |13|
Eryx stood on the summit of an isolated mountain at the north-west extremity of Sicily. Calciati notes, "There are considerable variations in the minting technique of these small bronzes. Besides coins [such as our coin] which have been struck in pairs with pronounced tangs cut by shears (N. 19/1) there are blanks with rounded edges and truncated-conic ones. A common feature is an imperfect technique, which is otherwise justified by the fact that these small coins were produced for local needs."
GB27231. Bronze AE 13, Calciati I, p. 287, 24; BMC Sicily -; SNG Cop -; SNG ANS -; SNG Munchen -, F, weight 1.361 g, maximum diameter 13.3 mm, Eryx (Erice, Sicily) mint, 400 - 340 B.C.; obverse female head right; reverse octopus; more attractive examples of this type are rare; scarce; SOLD







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