Believe I correctly Identified this one?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by AdamsCollection, Nov 17, 2019.

  1. AdamsCollection

    AdamsCollection Well-Known Member

    Browsing Ebay for cheap greek ancients, and I stumbled upon this coin below. It was up for sale for 15$ including shipping. It had my interest because it wasn't identified in its listing, and I love coins like that it leaves the fun to me. Now, I could swear I was seeing a crab on the obverse of the coin, and I had no idea what the reverse was.

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    The crab is surrounded in a dotted circle. To me it was clear as day, now the reverse I have no idea, I started searching for dolphins and fish, but I think I found a perfect match, and no I have not even received the coin yet lol.

    This is from Akragas, Sicily. Circa 425-406 BC.
    Crab facing, encompassed by dotted circle, Eagle head right.

    I have no other information, but I was wondering if you guys had any input! The obverse with the crab is a pretty strong giveaway! I think I did good for 15$!
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  3. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    Looks correct to me! Great find, cool coin!
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  4. AdamsCollection

    AdamsCollection Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Ebay is full of hidden gems!
  5. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Looks good to me too. Cool stuff :)
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  6. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    Nice catch! When I first saw that reverse I thought it looked like 2 squid swimming.
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  7. AdamsCollection

    AdamsCollection Well-Known Member

    Haha yeah, I can see that! That would make this coin that much better!
    I have never seen an eagle portrayed in this manner before on ancient coinage, definitely through me for a loop. Its interesting the coins design left out the rest of it!
  8. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    My mind went here at first...And I don't even watch football!
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  9. AdamsCollection

    AdamsCollection Well-Known Member

    Yup! haha must be where they got their logo from
  10. Kavax

    Kavax Member

    nice catch for 15$ but be careful with ebay and the greek coins, there are sooo many fakes...

    It is an onkia of Akragas ref. CNS I p.192 87
    Obv. Eagle's head to right.
    Rev. Crab; below, monogram A.

    Recent studies tend to confirm the dating in the 2nd half of the IVth century BC.
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  11. AdamsCollection

    AdamsCollection Well-Known Member

    Yeah I am more then aware of the fakes!
  12. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    You can't go wrong for 15 bucks, slightly scarcer type than most AE from
    Akragas. Congrats.
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  13. AdamsCollection

    AdamsCollection Well-Known Member

    Thank you! Definitely an impulse buy!
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