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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.

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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