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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Themes & Provenance| ▸ |Animals| ▸ |Mule, Donkey or Ass||View Options:  |  |  | 

Mules, Donkeys, and Asses on Ancient Coins
Messana, Sicily, c. 478 - 476 B.C.

|Messana|, |Messana,| |Sicily,| |c.| |478| |-| |476| |B.C.||tetradrachm|
Founded by Greek colonists in the 8th century B.C., Messina was originally called Zancle, from the Greek meaning "scythe" because of the shape of its natural harbor (though a legend attributes the name to King Zanclus). In the early 5th century BC, Anaxilas of Rhegium renamed it in honor of the Greek city Messene.
SH95922. Silver tetradrachm, Caltabiano Series IIB, 71 (D39'/R37); SNG ANS 319; SNG Cop 390; SNG Tübingen 605; SNG München 629; BMC Sicily p. 100, 11; HGC 2 779, Choice aVF, toned, well centered on a tight flan, bumps and scratches, die wear, weight 17.355 g, maximum diameter 26.5 mm, die axis 0o, Messana mint, c. 478 - 476 B.C.; obverse bearded man seated driving biga of mules walking right, knees drawn up, reins in both hands, goad in left hand, laurel leaf in exergue; reverse MESSA-NIO-N (counterclockwise from lower left, S's inverted), hare springing right; from the Errett Bishop Collection; ex Bowers & Ruddy Galleries auction; Dr. Richard P. Ariagno Collection Part II (9-11 Jun 1980), lot 39; $950.00 (€874.00)
 


Mende, Macedonia, 520 - 480 B.C.

|Other| |Macedonia|, |Mende,| |Macedonia,| |520| |-| |480| |B.C.||tetrobol|
Mende was an ancient colony of Eretria, on the SW side of Cape Poseidion in Pallene. Its coins illustrate some forgotten myth of Dionysos, his companion Seilenos, and an ass. The wine of Mende was famous and is frequently mentioned by ancient writers. It is unlikely that Mende struck any coins after it was first captured by Philip in 358 B.C.
GA69023. Silver tetrobol, cf. SNG ANS 304, Traité 967, SNG Cop -, SNG Ashmolean -, BMC Macedonia -; AMNG -, F, rough, weight 2.474 g, maximum diameter 12.9 mm, die axis 45o, Mende mint, 520 - 480 B.C.; obverse ithyphallic donkey walking right, eye(?) above; reverse quadripartite incuse square; ex Jean Elsen auction 106 (11 Sep 2010), lot 79; rare; SOLD







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