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Abacaenum - silver litra circa 450bc


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small silver litra from Abacaenum (Abakainoi), an ancient town situated in the North East extremity of Sicily, some eight miles from the coast. Abacaenum was a Sikel town and not a town built /colonised by the Greeks, although the coinage was heavily influenced by the coinage of the neighbouring Greek colonies.

 

This small coin weighs in at 0.64 gram, has the laureate bust of Zeus obverse and a boar reverse, with acorn below the neck. I have no reference for the obverse/ reverse die pairing for this coin. Ordinarily the boar would face to the right, but not so on this coin.

 

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