Featured My holiday souvenir from Erice

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  1. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Just picked up this 4th century coin minted at one of my favorite places on my recent visit to South Italy. Bs7tykD2j4eQYnz9aT5HZ8xSbpX3k6.jpg
    Sicily, Eryx, c. 4th century BC. Æ (15mm, 4.86g, 9h). Female head r. R/ Horse stepping r. Horse standing r., with raised foreleg. Campana 49; CNS I, 18; SNG ANS -; HGC 2, 326. Brown patina, VF - Good VF

    Eryx, (Erice) Sicily high on a mountain top reached by cable car, would take 45 min compared to 10 via cable car, but even when you reach the old city their was still an up hill walk through this ancient arch.
    Well worth the walk to the top first impression of the 11th century Norman castle was awe inspiring with great views of the landscape below.
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    After entry (pic below) I walked out into the uppermost courtyard, mainly ruins with not much evidence of the Roman temple that once stood in the area, except for an area where diggings have uncovered a Roman thermal bath.
    Also of interest was the Ritual baths of Venus, which could date back to Early Roman times.

    High on my want list is this Roman Republican, depicting the Roman temple that I was presumably walking all over on my holiday.
    Unfortunately not my coin CNG archives.

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  3. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    Fantastic new coin and even cooler photos from your recent trip @Ancient Aussie . That’s a nice portrait!

    I’ve never been to Sicily but hope to visit at some point. It doesn’t look too crowded in your photos which is alway a plus for leisurely enjoying the ancient sites.

    I like how you made it a point to pick up a coin from a place you’ve visited. I like to do that too and always enjoy these kinds of posts. Since I don’t have an example from Eryx I hope you will be okay with me piling on with a coin I bought partly because of a trip to the mint city: Jerusalem.

    The First Jewish Coin and its Modern Descendent
    Hasmonean Dynasty of Judea
    John Hyrcanus I (134-104 BC)
    AE Prutah, Jerusalem mint, struck ca. 129-122 BC
    Wt.: 1.82 g
    Dia.: 15 mm
    Obv.: Paleo-Hebrew inscription in wreath; Greek letter alpha above
    Rev.: Double cornucopia with a pomegranate between horns
    Ref.: Hendin 1132
    Ex red spork Collection
  4. Ancient Aussie

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    Nice, Middle east is on my to go to places as well....tons of ancient ruins to see.
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  5. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Nice write-up, Ancient Aussie - nice coin too. The Sicilian Tourism Board should hire you as a photographer.

    Since you've provided me with an excuse, I just so happened to recently get a coin from Sicily - it is in pitiful condition, but I am just crazy about the workmanship on that hippocamp on the reverse (what's left of it):

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    Syracuse Æ Litra
    Dionysius I
    (c. 400-390 B.C.)

    Head of Athena left, wearing Corinthian helmet / Hippocamp left, unbridled.
    CNS II, 34-45; SNG ANS 434-46; HGC 2, 1456.
    (7.58 grams / 17 mm )
  6. Ancient Aussie

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    That's one of my favorite Sicily coins and a sure favorite from many ancient collectors, if your only going to have one from Sicily that's the one!!!
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  7. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the guide tour Aussie.

  8. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Sicily Gela.jpg
    AR Litra
    OBV: Naked horseman galloping left holding spear & shield
    REV: Forepart of man-headed bull right
    Struck at Gela, Sicily, 425BC
    0.36g; 13mm
    SNG Cop 275, BMC 52, Jenkins 405; HGC 2 374

    Æ Tetras
    OBV: Helmeted head of Athena left
    REV: KAMA, owl standing left, head facing, grasping lizard; three pellets in exergue
    Struck at Kamarina, Sicily, 420-405 BC
    2.9g; 15.2 mm
    Calciati 33; BMC 40; SNG ANS 1229; SNG Cop 169
  9. 1934 Wreath Crown

    1934 Wreath Crown Well-Known Member

    Don't have too many from Sicily but I'll try to post this one as often as I can before I'm told by CT membrs NOT TO:p

    Ancient Sicily, Akragas c.413-406 B.C. AR Tetradrachm (16.98 gms)
    NGC XF Strike 4/5 Surface 5/5 Fine Style.
    SNG Lloyd-818; Kraay-Hirmer-178.

    Obverse: Female charioteer driving fast quadriga right, her robes billowing behind her, Nike above flying left to crown driver, splayed crab in exergue
    Reverse: Two eagles feeding on downed hare on rocks, one screeching with its head raised and one down.

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  10. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    But wait there's more to come in future episodes of CT!!!!
    Seriously love that coin of yours, fantastic eye appeal.
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  11. Ancient Aussie

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    Great coins Bing, I especially like the face on the Bull, and detail of the horseman.
  12. Ancient Aussie

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    I don't blame you with an absolutely beautiful best of type like yours I would be posting it weekly.
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  13. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Neat coin and super pics, AA. You really do go to all the cool places. It would be a dream for me to travel through Greece and have a coin or two from each place visited. Maybe in 10-15 years when the kid is all/more grown up. :oldman:
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  14. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    Cool vacation pics and and awesome new coin @Ancient Aussie ! That "female head" is sweet.

    How about a Byzantine coin from Sicily?

  15. Ancient Aussie

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    Thanks zumbly, but what about if you have another kid.....sorry 30 years:stop:
  16. Ancient Aussie

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    Thanks, that's one of the nicer Byzantine that I have seen, especially great patina.
  17. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    Lovely coin @Ancient Aussie ... and thank you for sharing the pictures!
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  18. arizonarobin

    arizonarobin Well-Known Member

    Beautiful pictures, I especially like the view entering the city!
    Here are my two favorite from Sicily:
  19. akeady

    akeady Well-Known Member

    Very nice - I drove around Sicily for a few days in 2015, to see where the nicest coins came from. I didn't get to Erice/Eryx, but I do have an example of the Republican denarius depicting the temple which is now presumably under the castle - Cr. 424/1 denarius, 3.92g, 19mm, 6h (my coin, but auction pic):


    This is the large unfinished temple at Segesta, fairly nearby:

  20. Ancient Aussie

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    Thanks, not far past that arch there are some great eateries that slow you down quite a bit :hungry:.....those are two beautiful coins you have, I can see why they are your favorite both with great eye appeal.
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  21. Ancient Aussie

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    Thanks, great pic and I'm drooling over that fantastic coin, so many places to see in Sicily, you need about a month to cover it all.
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