Akragas, Silver Tetradrachm

Item Reference: C201001123 Sold Share
Sicily, Akragas. Silver Tetradrachm, c. 465-446 BC. Obverse: Eagle standing left, with closed wings. Reverse: Crab, within a circular incuse. (SNG ANS 979). Good Very Fine. Attractive cabinet tone. 15.44g.…
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Description

Sicily, Akragas.

Silver Tetradrachm, c. 465-446 BC.

Obverse: Eagle standing left, with closed wings.
Reverse: Crab, within a circular incuse.

(SNG ANS 979).

Good Very Fine. Attractive cabinet tone.

15.44g.

Ex Glendenings (09/06/1982) lot #54.

Akragas’ city’s coinage, like many of the Greek world, consisted of silver Tetradrachms, Didrachms and smaller denominations. Also issued was a short-lived series of exceptionally rare decadrachms. Bronze coins were also issued for use as small change. The crab motif is actually the reverse of the coin, and appears in a shallow concave (or ‘incuse’) circle. Some rare pieces depict a crab with its carapace taking the form of a human face. The local river god may be behind this strange addition to the design. On the obverse an eagle, representing Zeus, the king of the Greek pantheon, takes pride of place.

Specification

Period465 - 446 BC
Coin Group

Ancient Greece

Denomination

Tetradrachm

Coin Ruler

Akragas / Agrigentum

Country

Italy and Sicily

Coin House

Sicily

Metal

Silver

ReferencesSNG ANS 979

Provenance

Ex Glendenings (09/06/1982) lot #54.

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