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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, 405 - 392 B.C.

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This countermarked issue was struck in the troubled period that followed the city's destruction by Carthage.
CM77135. Bronze hemilitron, Calciati I p. 197, 92; SNG Cop 88; SNG ANS 1065; SNG München 121; SGCV I 1026; SNG Morcom 529; HGC 2 -, Fair; countermark: Fine, weight 12.452 g, maximum diameter 27.1 mm, Akragas (Agrigento, Sicily) mint, 405 - 392 B.C.; obverse countermark with the head of young Herakles right, wearing Nemean lion's skin headdress, worn crab undertype; reverse worn eagle with hare in talons undertype; $90.00 (€76.50)
 


Akragas, Sicily, c. 400 - 380 B.C.

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Akragas was a River-God of the island of Sikelia (Sicily) in southern Italy, son of Okeanos & Tethys.

Agrigento was founded on a plateau overlooking the sea, with two nearby rivers, the Hypsas and the Akragas, and a ridge to the north offering a degree of natural fortification. Its establishment took place around 582–580 BC and is attributed to Greek colonists from Gela, who named it "Akragas".
GI88292. Bronze hemilitron, Calciati I, p. 194, 89; SNG ANS 1097 - 1101; BMC Sicily p. 19, 125; HGC 2 139 (R1), aF, broad flan, brown and black tone, beveled reverse edge, weight 15.936 g, maximum diameter 25.7 mm, die axis 180o, Akragas (Agrigento, Sicily, Italy) mint, c. 400 - 380 B.C.; obverse AKPAΓAΣ clockwise on left, horned young head of the river god Akragas left, wearing tainia; reverse eagle standing left on Ionic column, head turned back right, crab left on left, six pellets (mark of value) above right; ex Frascatius Ancient Coins; rare; $80.00 (€68.00)
 


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







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