Thu, 28th Oct 2021 14:00

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Sicily, Messana, silver tetradrachm.

Sicily, Messana, silver tetradrachm, 420-413 BC, ΜΕΣ-ΣΑΝΑ (retrograde), biga of mules driven right by the nymph Messana who wears long chiton and holds whip and reins in both hands, rev., ΜΕΣΣΑΝΙΟΝ, hare springing right with dolphin below, 17.4g, die axis 8.00, extremely fine and lightly toned. References: Caltabiano 534; BMC 40, same dies; SNG ANS 362, same reverse die, with original Spink ticket.

Ex Spink

Ex Hess Divo, 4th May 2009 in Zurich, Auction 314, Lot 1030.

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Sicily, Messana, silver tetradrachm, 420-413 BC, ΜΕΣ-ΣΑΝΑ (retrograde), biga of mules driven right by the nymph Messana who wears long chiton and holds whip and reins in both hands, rev., ΜΕΣΣΑΝΙΟΝ, hare springing right with dolphin below, 17.4g, die axis 8.00, extremely fine and lightly toned. References: Caltabiano 534; BMC 40, same dies; SNG ANS 362, same reverse die, with original Spink ticket.

Ex Spink

Ex Hess Divo, 4th May 2009 in Zurich, Auction 314, Lot 1030.

Note: The designs on this coin go back to the period when Anaxilas of Rhegion took control of Messana in 480 BC when both cities adopted the same general types of a mule-biga and a springing hare. The obverse commemorated Anaxilas’s victory in the mule-biga event at the Olympic Games in that year. The same general types continued to be utilised with variations throughout the 5th century with the crouching figure of Anaxilas himself on the earlier issues replaced, as here, with the more elegant and upright figure of the nymph Messana.

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Auction: Coins & Banknotes - Live Online, Thu, 28th Oct 2021

The last specialist Coins and Banknotes Sale of 2021 features a strong selection of coinage ranging from high-grade Greek and Roman coins through to collections of high-grade British and foreign milled coins.  Banknotes are well represented with a good range of British and foreign banknotes included in the sale.

For a free auction valuation, or any enquiries related to this sale contact Stephen Sparrow via stephen.sparrow@wilson55.com.

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