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Litra From The Sicilian City Of Messana (445 To 439 Bc)

 
 
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 Posted 12/15/2018  9:47 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I'd love to stick with just buying tets as I build out my Greek collection, but the practicality of life means that sometimes I need to be satisfied with smaller silver coins. Here is a good example...a Litra from Messana in Sicily. The ivy leaf below the hare and the specific lettering in the olive wreath on the rev (MEΣ) help to establish a date range of 445 to 439 BC, although I am trying to embrace the fact that these ancient coins probably cannot ever be definitely dated in many cases. For example, it was listed as being from a bit later in the 400s BC. For attributions, I have it as GC&V #391 and Caltabiano 398ff. However, I'm open to other attributions from those who know more about this stuff that I do!

If anyone would like to post their own coins of Messana, please feel free to add on to this thread. I can see a few other CCF threads discussing them, but none, I think, featured the relatively tiny Litra:

http://goccf.com/t/291146
http://goccf.com/t/110667




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 Posted 12/15/2018  9:56 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Neat coin Dave, congrats.
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