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The hippocampi or hippocampus (plural: hippocampi) is a mythological creature shared by Phoenician, Greek, and Etruscan mythology. It is typically depicted with a horse forepart and a coiling, scaly, fishlike hindquarter.

Syracuse, Sicily, Dionysos I, 405 - 367 B.C.

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Dionysius I was tyrant of Syracuse. He conquered several cities in Sicily and southern Italy, opposed Carthage's influence in Sicily and made Syracuse the most powerful of the Western Greek colonies. He was regarded by the ancients as an example of the worst kind of despot - cruel, suspicious and vindictive.
GB65232. Bronze hemilitron, Calciati II p. 86, 34 (c. 409 B.C.); HGC 2 1456 (c. 375 - 344 B.C.); BMC Sicily p. 187, 292; SNG ANS 426 ff. (end 5th c. B.C.); SNG Cop -, VF, some corrosion on obv, weight 6.398 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 270o, Syracuse mint, c. 405 - 390 B.C.; obverse ΣYPA, head of Athena left, wearing Corinthian helmet, no ornament on helmet, no control symbols; reverse hippocamp left, no bridle; $36.00 (Ä30.60)

Tyre, Phoenicia, c. 392 - 391 B.C.

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This type was issued from 393 to 360 B.C.
SH57817. Silver stater, Cohen DCA 909, BMC Phoenicia p. 229, 14; Elayi II 1.2.1.g, SNG Cop 307 var. (year), F, encrusted, weight 12.617 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Tyre mint, c. 330 - 329 B.C.; obverse bearded Melqart riding hippocamp with curled wing to right, waves and dolphin below; reverse owl standing right, head facing, crook and flail behind, date II (year 2) right; rare (R1); SOLD

Persian Empire, Tyre, Phoenicia, c. 425 - 310 B.C.

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The coinage of Tyre circulated throughout the holy land.
GS70327. Silver 1/16 Shekel, Betlyon 20; Elayi-Elayi Tyre 1577 corr. (seahorse right); Rouvier 1819; BMC Phoenicia p. 233, 43; HGC 10 333 (R2); SNG Cop -, VF, well centered, struck with worn dies, weight 0.528 g, maximum diameter 9.3 mm, die axis 270o, Tyre mint, c. 425 - 310 B.C.; obverse hippocamp with curved wings left, over waves, dolphin right below; reverse owl standing left, head facing, crook and flail behind (Egyptian symbols of royalty); SOLD


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Hippocamps on Ancient Coins