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Akragas, Sicily

Akragas was founded early in the 6th century by colonists from Gela. It was second only to Syracuse in importance on Sicily but was sacked by the Carthaginians in 406 B.C. It was renamed Agrigentum after it fell to Rome in 210 B.C.


Akragas, Sicily, c. 495 - 482 B.C.

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Akragas was founded early in the 6th century by colonists from Gela. It was second only to Syracuse in importance on Sicily but was sacked by the Carthaginians in 406 B.C. It was renamed Agrigentum after it fell to Rome in 210 B.C.
SH35526. Silver didrachm, cf. Jenkins III; SNG ANS 940; SNG Cop 27; SNG München 43, gVF, struck with dies engraved in the finest style for this archaic type, weight 8.810 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 255o, Akragas (Agrigento, Sicily, Italy) mint, c. 495 - 482 B.C.; obverse AKPAΓ/AΣ, eagle standing left; reverse crab in incuse convex round; SOLD


Akragas, Sicily, c. 510 - 472 B.C.

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Akragas was founded early in the 6th century by colonists from Gela. It was second only to Syracuse in importance on Sicily but was sacked by the Carthaginians in 406 B.C. It was renamed Agrigentum after it fell to Rome in 210 B.C.
GS21673. Silver didrachm, SNG ANS 950, gVF, weight 8.614 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 270o, Akragas (Agrigento, Sicily, Italy) mint, c. 510 - 472 B.C.; obverse AK/RA, eagle standing right, wings closed; reverse crab viewed from above, within deep round incuse; SOLD


Akragas, Sicily, c. 495 - 482 B.C.

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Akragas was founded early in the 6th century by colonists from Gela. It was second only to Syracuse in importance on Sicily but was sacked by the Carthaginians in 406 B.C. It was renamed Agrigentum after it fell to Rome in 210 B.C.
SH28721. Silver didrachm, SNG ANS 939, gVF, weight 8.833 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 90o, Akragas (Agrigento, Sicily, Italy) mint, c. 495 - 482 B.C.; obverse AKPA, eagle standing left; reverse crab in incuse convex round; SOLD


Akragas, Sicily, c. 420 - 406 B.C.

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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


Akragas, Sicily, 338 - 317 B.C.

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Located on a plateau overlooking Sicily's southern coast, Akragas was founded c. 582 B.C. by colonists from Gela. It grew rapidly, becoming second only to Syracuse in importance on Sicily but was sacked by Carthage in 406 B.C. and never fully recovered. It was renamed Agrigentum after it fell to Rome in 210 B.C.
GI76352. Bronze AE 18, Calciati I p. 206, 116 R1 2; SNG ANS 1113; HGC 2 164; SNG Cop 95 var.; SNG München -, gVF, superb style, nice green patina, tight flan, weight 6.283 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 270o, Akragas (Agrigento, Sicily, Italy) mint, 338 - 317 B.C.; obverse AKPA−ΓA, laureate head of Zeus left; reverse eagle standing left, wings open, tearing at hare left in talons, ∆ below wings; SOLD


Akragas, Sicily, c. 510 - 500 B.C.

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Akragas was founded early in the 6th century by colonists from Gela. It was second only to Syracuse in importance on Sicily but was sacked by the Carthaginians in 406 B.C. It was renamed Agrigentum after it fell to Rome in 210 B.C.
GS79796. Silver didrachm, Jenkins Id; cf. HGC 2 90 (R2); SNG ANS 918; SNG Cop 28; BMC Sicily p. 6, 9 (tetradrachm), VF, attractive style, tight flan, die wear, light marks and porosity, weight 8.559 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 315o, Akragas (Agrigento, Sicily, Italy) mint, c. 495 - 482 B.C.; obverse AKPAXA/NTOΣ (counterclockwise from lower right, letters retrograde), sea eagle standing left, wings closed; reverse crab; rare; SOLD


Akragas, Sicily, 472 - 420 A.D.

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Akragas is Agrigento today.
SH06253. Silver tetradrachm, SGCV I 741, F, weight 16.74 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 0o, Akragas (Agrigento, Sicily, Italy) mint, 472 - 420 A.D.; obverse AKPACANTOΣ, eagle with closed wings standing left; reverse crab; SOLD


Akragas, Sicily, c. 425 - 406 B.C.

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Calciati 77 is the type with two fish left but does not include a die match to our coin. Calciati 74 appears to have the same reverse die. It is described as having one fish left under the crab but there appears to be a second fish left on the edge of the flan.
SH56023. Bronze hexas, Calciati 74 corr. (same rev. die) & 77; SNG München 145; SNG ANS 1047 var. (top fish right), SNG Cop 79 var. (same); BMC Sicily 110 var. (same), gVF, weight 6.907 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 45o, Akragas (Agrigento, Sicily, Italy) mint, obverse AKPA, eagle standing right, wings open, head lowered, fish in talons; reverse crab, two pellets flanking claws, one or two left fish below; nice green patina; scarce variant; SOLD


Akragas, Sicily, c. 415 - 406 B.C.

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Akragas was founded early in the 6th century by colonists from Gela. It was second only to Syracuse in importance on Sicily but was sacked by the Carthaginians in 406 B.C. It was renamed Agrigentum after it fell to Rome in 210 B.C.
GI83406. Bronze hemilitron, BMC Sicily p. 15, 86; SNG Cop 72, aVF, weight 21.669 g, maximum diameter 28.9 mm, die axis 225o, Akragas (Agrigento, Sicily, Italy) mint, obverse AKPAΓANTINON, eagle standing right, head right looking upward, fish in talons; reverse crab holding eel in claws, surrounded by six pellets, murex and sepia below; nice green patina; very rare; SOLD


Akragas, Sicily, c. 425 - 406 B.C.

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Akragas was founded early in the 6th century by colonists from Gela. It was second only to Syracuse in importance on Sicily but was sacked by the Carthaginians in 406 B.C. It was renamed Agrigentum after it fell to Rome in 210 B.C.
GI69934. Bronze tetras, Calciati I p. 181 ff., 55; SNG Cop 77; SNG ANS 1045; SNG München 133; SNG Morcom 523; HGC 2 140, F, nice green patina, weight 6.432 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 0o, Akragas (Agrigento, Sicily, Italy) mint, c. 425 - 406 B.C.; obverse AKPA, eagle standing left, wings open, head downward, hare right legs up in its talons; reverse crab, three pellets over crayfish left below; SOLD




  




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