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Research Coins: Feature Auction

 
590193
Sale: Triton V, Lot: 193. Estimate $500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $345. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SICILY, Mercenaries? Circa 344-336 BC. Æ Litra (8.62 gm). Male head left, wearing pileus / Skylla left, holding club over left arm. SNG ANS 800 (Skylletium in Bruttium); Calciati III pg. 319, 1; SNG Copenhagen 1992 (Skylletium); SNG Morcom 878; Laffaille -; Virzi 457 (Skylletium). Near VF, brown patina. Appears to be overstruck on a Syracusan litra, Athena/Hippocamp (Calciati II pg. 87, 42), with a trace of the hippocamp's tail visible on the pileus. Rare. ($500)

Often attributed to Skylletium in Bruttium on the basis of the Skylla on the reverse, this type has been found in excavations in Locri and in north-central Sicily, and as is the case with this coin, is often times overstruck on a Syracusan litra.