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Octopuses on Ancient Coins

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

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"The model for the head on the obverse is derived from the facing Arethusa by Kimon. Exemplars signed by the great master are known. This issue is usually attributed to Exakestidas with several exemplars signed E. However, stylistic evidence of many exemplars reveals such substantial differences the intervention of other engravers seems to be certain, while the discovery of traces of signature not completely legible but certainly not pointing to Exakestidas confirm the assumption." - Calciati p. 59
GI79945. Bronze tetras, Calciati II p. 59 ff., 29; SNG ANS 385; SNG Cop 679; SNG MŁnchen 1105; HGC 2 1432 (R1, Second Democracy, 415-405 B.C.); SNG Morcom -, VF, nice green patina, fine classical style, obverse slightly off-center, scratches and bumps, weight 1.825 g, maximum diameter 12.4 mm, die axis 270o, Syracuse mint, c. 405 - 400 B.C.; obverse head of nymph Arethusa facing slightly left, wearing necklace; reverse octopus; $125.00 (Ä106.25)


Eryx, Sicily, c. 400 - 340 B.C.

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Eryx stood on the summit of an isolated mountain at the north-west extremity of Sicily. Calciati notes, "There are considerable variations in the minting technique of these small bronzes. Besides coins which have been struck in pairs with pronounced tangs cut by shears there are blanks with rounded edges and truncated-conic ones. A common feature is an imperfect technique, which is otherwise justified by the fact that these small coins were produced for local needs." This Eryx type is similar to an issue from Syracuse but struck with crude dies on crude flans.
SH63885. Bronze onkia, Calciati I p. 287, 24; SNG ANS -, VF, weight 1.315 g, maximum diameter 10.5 mm, die axis 180o, Eryx (Erice, Sicily) mint, c. 400 B.C.; obverse female head right; reverse octopus; scarce; SOLD


Eryx, Sicily, 400 - 340 B.C.

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Eryx stood on the summit of an isolated mountain at the north-west extremity of Sicily. Calciati notes, "There are considerable variations in the minting technique of these small bronzes. Besides coins [such as our coin] which have been struck in pairs with pronounced tangs cut by shears (N. 19/1) there are blanks with rounded edges and truncated-conic ones. A common feature is an imperfect technique, which is otherwise justified by the fact that these small coins were produced for local needs."
GB27231. Bronze AE 13, Calciati I, p. 287, 24; BMC Sicily -; SNG Cop -; SNG ANS -; SNG MŁnchen -, F, weight 1.361 g, maximum diameter 13.3 mm, Eryx (Erice, Sicily) mint, 400 - 340 B.C.; obverse female head right; reverse octopus; more attractive examples of this type are rare; scarce; SOLD







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