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Ancient Greek Coins of Sicily

The coins of Ancient Greek Sicily are considered among the finest numismatic works of art ever produced. Superb examples may cost tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. Forum's selections include some more affordable examples.

Iberia and Magna Graecia, c. 420 - 30 B.C., Lot of 15 Ancient Coins

|Multiple| |Coin| |Lots|, |Iberia| |and| |Magna| |Graecia,| |c.| |420| |-| |30| |B.C.,| |Lot| |of| |15| |Ancient| |Coins||Lot|
The following is from Moneta Numismatic Services and (1) Sayles and Lavendar tags and is not verified by FORVM:
1) Menaion, Sicily, mid 3rd-2nd century B.C., AE16, 4.08g, veiled head of Demeter/MENAINWN, crossed torches, IIII below, CNS 7, aF.
2) Bruttium, Italy, 214-211 B.C., 8.06g, head of Zeus, grain behind/eagle standing left on thunderbolt, cornucopia left, Scheu 13, VF.
3) The Bretti, Bruttium, Italy, c. 208-203 B.C., AE24, 12.12g, helmeted head of Ares/Hera advancing right, HN Italy 2003, nVF.
4) The Bretti, Bruttium, Italy, 214-211 B.C., AE17, 3.62, Nike left/Zeus hurling thunderbolt, HN Italy 1943, gF.
5) Syracuse, Sicily, 406-405 B.C., AE12, 1.46g, female head right/octopus, Calciati II p. 38, 9, F, ex Sayles and Lavendar.
6) Obulco, Iberia, 1st century B.C., AE20, 3.90g, laureate head of Apollo right/bull standing right, VF.
7) Leontini, Sicily, 207 - 200 B.C., AE14, 2.44g, wreathed and veiled head of Demeter left/bundle of four grain ears, CNS 9, F.
8) Akragas, Sicily, 240-212 B.C., AE19, 5.58g, Kore wearing grain/Asklepios standing resting on serpent-entwined staff, CNS 144, VF/F.
9) Iberia, hacksilver, 4th-2nd century B.C., 4.29g, equal in weight to an Attic drachm.
10) Iberia, Punic Issues, mid-late 3rd century B.C., AE12, 1.80g, wreathed head of Tanit right/Horse head left, ACIP 590, F.
11) Gadir, Iberia, 2nd century B.C., AE25, 7.95g, head of Herakles left, wearing lion skin headdress/two fish, SNG BM 228, nF.
12) Zeugitana, Carthage, 300-264 B.C., AE20, 5.44g, wreathed head of Tanit left/head of horse right, MAA 57, VF.
13) Paestum, Lucania, 3rd century B.C., AE17, 4.45g, laureate head of Neptune right/dolphin left, F.
14) Kamarina, Sicily, 420-405 B.C., AE10, 1.02g, Gorgoneion/owl standing right, lizard before, Westermark-Jenkins 186, VF.
15) The Mamertini, Messana, Sicily, 211-208 B.C., AE26, 9.97g, Zeus/warrior, CNS 41, nF.
LT96255. Bronze Lot, 15 ancient bronze coins from Iberia and Magna Graecia, c. 420 - 30 B.C.; the actual coins in the photograph, in flips (non-archival) with Moneta Numismatic Services (14) or Sayles & Lavender (1) tag (information not verified by FORVM), tag prices total $925, 15 coins; $450.00 SALE PRICE $405.00


Akragas, Sicily, c. 450 - 440 B.C.

|Akragas|, |Akragas,| |Sicily,| |c.| |450| |-| |440| |B.C.||tetras|
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.
GI98095. Cast bronze tetras, Westermark 1979 2; Westermark Akragas 526; Calciati I p. 145, 6; SNG ANS 1018; HGC 2 127 (R1), aF, dark green patina, 9.004g, 16.9mm long, weight 9.004 g, maximum diameter 17.25 mm, die axis 0o, Akragas (Agrigento, Sicily, Italy) mint, c. 450 - 440 B.C.; cast somewhat tooth-shaped flattened cone form, three pellets (mark of value) arranged in a triangle on flat top, heads and necks of two eagles back-to-back facing outwards on one side, crab opposite; rare; $180.00 SALE PRICE $144.00


La Monetazione Del Bronzo Nella Sicilia Antica

|Greek| |Books|, |La| |Monetazione| |Del| |Bronzo| |Nella| |Sicilia| |Antica|NEW
Arnaldo Forni Editore. 1985 reprint of the original 1927 publication. The bronze coinage of ancient Sicily.
BK23928. La Monetazione Del Bronzo Nella Sicilia Antica by E. Gabrici, in Italian, hardcover, age and shelf wear, 213 pages, 10 plates, international shipping at actual cost of shipping; $70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00


Syracuse, Sicily, Hieron II, 275 - 215 B.C.

|Syracuse|, |Syracuse,| |Sicily,| |Hieron| |II,| |275| |-| |215| |B.C.||tetras|
Hieron II was tyrant and then king of Syracuse, c. 270 to 215 B.C. His rule brought 50 years of peace and prosperity, and Syracuse became one of the most renowned capitals of antiquity. He enlarged the theater and built an immense altar. The literary figure Theocritus and the philosopher Archimedes lived under his rule. After struggling against the Mamertini, he eventually allied with Rome.
GB110205. Bronze tetras, Calciati II p. 395, 197 var.; SNG Cop 844 ff. var.; SNG ANS 964 ff. var.; BMC Sicily p. 218, 598 ff. var.; HGC 2 1550 (S) (none with ΣΩ left), VF, porous, tight flan, weight 7.129 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 270o, Syracuse mint, c. 240 - 215 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Poseidon left; reverse ornamented trident head, dolphin downward flanking on each side, IEPΩ−NOΣ horizontal across field divided by shaft, ΣΩ(?) (control letters) lower left; $70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00










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