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Skylla on Ancient Coins

The Skylla (Scylla) is the hideous monster that attacked Odysseus as he sailed through the Strait of Messina on his way home after the sack of the city of Troy. Skylla has twelve legs and six heads and swoops down on passing ships or sea creatures from the rock she inhabits.

Pharsalos, Thessaly, Greece, Late 5th - Mid 4th Century B.C.

|Thessaly|, |Pharsalos,| |Thessaly,| |Greece,| |Late| |5th| |-| |Mid| |4th| |Century| |B.C.||drachm|
The tiny letters on the obverse and reverse are artist signatures. TH has been identified as Telephantos and MI as his "apprentice." The referenced BCD coin with the same obverse die and a reverse die by the same hand, near EF and well-struck, sold for $90,000 plus fees.
SH76215. Silver drachm, Lavva 153 (V72/R89); BCD Thessaly II 642 (same obv. die); cf. BMC Thessaly p. 43, 10; SNG Cop 221, gVF, full helmet crest on obverse, some die wear, weight 5.946 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 135o, Pharsalos (Farsala, Greece) mint, late 5th - mid 4th century B.C.; obverse head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet with Skylla on bowl, raising hand to shade her eyes, tiny TH over MI behind neck; reverse Φ-A-P-Σ (clockwise from upper left, Σ and P retrograde), Thessalian cavalryman on horse prancing right, wearing petasos, chlamys, and chiton, brandishing lagobolon overhead in right hand, reins in left hand, horse wears beaded strand around neck, tiny TH below the feet of the cavalryman; SOLD

Thourioi, Lucania, Italy, c. 400 - 350 B.C.

|Italy|, |Thourioi,| |Lucania,| |Italy,| |c.| |400| |-| |350| |B.C.||nomos|
A superb example from the period when Thourioi's (Latin: Thurium) coinage reached its highest point of excellence in execution. The head of Athena is probably that of the sea-goddess Athena Skyletria. The bull may be a symbol of Dionysos or may have been derived from the archaic coins of Sybaris and symbolize the river Krathis. A more romantic view is that the butting bull symbolizes the rushing waters of the fountain Thuria from which the city took its name.
SH46910. Silver nomos, SNG Cop 1458 var. (stones not apparent); Pozzi -, gVF, beautiful style, toned, weight 7.716 g, maximum diameter 20.8 mm, die axis 90o, Thourioi (near Sibari, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy) mint, c. 400 - 350 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with Skylla scanning and inscribed ΣΩ; reverse ΘOYPIΩN / ΣΩ, bull butting right, stones on exergual line, fish right in exergue; nice style, toned, tight flan; SOLD

Thourioi, Lucania, Italy, 4th Century B.C.

|Italy|, |Thourioi,| |Lucania,| |Italy,| |4th| |Century| |B.C.||nomos|
Thourioi, also called Thurii and Thurium, issued similar types with a hippocamp, griffin or laurel wreath on the Attic helmet. On those ornamented with Scylla, she is sometimes shading her eyes and scanning the horizon, holding a trident, spear, oar or octopus, or hurling a stone or a spear.
SH58669. Silver nomos, cf. SNG ANS 1007 (holding spear, same rev die as our coin), SNG Ashmolean 958 (holding spear), HN Italy 1802 (refs Oxford), VF, punches on reverse, weight 7.646 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 225o, Thourioi (near Sibari, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy) mint, 4th century B.C.; obverse head of Athena right, wearing Attic helmet decorated with Skylla pointing; reverse ΘOYPIΩN, Bull butting right, tunny fish in exergue; SOLD


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