(Beautiful enough to take the words right out your...I want go there!) Known for its beauty, excellent placement for trade, as the pivotal battleground for so many massive wars (from the Peloponnesian to the Punic and beyond!) and for us some of the most beautiful and artistic masterpieces of coinage ever made! I have a good amount of well used Sicilian coins from all over the island that I hadn't taken pictures of since I first got them a couple years ago when my photo skills of coins were garbage. Now that my photo skills are a level above garbage and more along the lines of recyclable trash I thought I better give them a redo. My first really BIG DADDY kinda coin purchase right here and a coin I still love to marvel at. What did it look like in mint condition? How many bottles of wine were bought with this coin? How many bottles of wine would this coin be able to purchase? How did that little ancient scuff make its way on there? And the beauty of Arethusa is always breathtaking: SICILY. Syracuse. Deinomenid Tyranny 485-466 BC. AR Tetradrachm (24mm - 17.45 g). Struck circa 480-475 BC. Charioteer driving walking quadriga right, holding kentron and reins; Nike flying above crowning horses / Diademed head of Arethusa right, surrounded by four dolphins swimming clockwise. Boehringer 134 (V60/R93); SNG ANS 38 (same dies); Randazzo -. rev sl off-ctr, sl surface imperfections,most notably a horizontal scratchlike flaw in obv right field. Purchased from Frank Robinson. Ex Pegasi Another very popular type from Sicily and my first ancient purchased at a coin show. Wanna talk about a one sided coin!: Sicily, Akragas. Tetras 10.35 g), ca. 420-406 BC. AKPA, eagle right, head lowered to devour hare held in talons; in left field, crab right. Reverse Crab; below, three pellets above crayfish left. CNS 50; SNG ANS 1037; HGC 2, 140. Rare. Glossy dark chocolate brown patina. Purchased at Salt Lake coin show 2017. Of course every collection should have at least one sweet little Sicily, Tetras, Syracuse Second Democracy (466-405) c. 425 BC, AE (g 1,1"; mm 11; h 4), ΣYPA, head of nymph Arethusa r., wearing necklace and hair loosely gathered at the top of her head; at sides, two dolphins. Linear border, Rv. Octopus; around, three pellets. CNS II, n. 1; SNG Copenhagen 653;" SNG ANS 376 ff. Purchased from variana_museum 2017 Next up is one of my favorites and also a reminder of why it is important to take your coins out and play with them! Notice anything on the bottom right of the little cockle side? Yep. BD LOVES these old Sicilian bronzes. She is resting comfortably in distilled water as we type. Dionysios I Sicily, Syracuse Æ Hemilitron, circa 405-400 BC. Head of Arethusa left; laurel branch behind / Dolphin right; cockle shell below, ΣVPA between. CNS 24; SNG ANS 417; HGC 2, 1480. 3.63g, 18mm Herakles looking more the part of Apollo on this one: Agathokles Syracuse on Sicily Ae-20mm 295-289 BCE. Av. head of Herakles right Rv. Lion walking right, above club quality is very fine with a brown patina, weight is 6,61gr. SNG ANS 737 Former: cichosgladiator11 The warrior here really reminds me of Ajax on the reverse of those dazzling Lokris Nymph types. I wonder how we know that is supposed to be Ajax (the lesser, I believe) and this is just some dude?: SICILY, Pentonkion The Mamertinoi. 220-200 BC. (Bronze, 27mm, 12 g 6). Laureate head of Zeus to right. Rev. MAMEPTINΩN Warrior advancing right, wearing helmet and holding shield and spear; to right, value mark Π. Calciati I, 41. SNG ANS 441. SNG Morcom 638. And these last two are two of my favorite types of bronze coins, colorful! You just cannot get a good photo of them but in hand they shine like diamonds. Patination so sweet it could melt your face off! Sicily, Syracuse. Hiketas II (287-278 BC). Æ (22mm, 6.75g, 9h), c. 287-3 BC. Wreathed head of Persephone l. R/ Charioteer driving biga r. CNS II, 123 (Agathokles); HGC 2, 1446. Fine Ex London ancient coins LTD 2020 I'd be pretty remiss if I didn't get a coin from those pesky Carthaginian up in here. That black patina poking out through the grime of ages is just so appealing to me. I am sure plenty would try to clean this beauty. NEVER! She is a stone cold beauty as she is: Carthaginian Domain, Sicily c. 4th-3rd cent. BC. ’ (17mm, 2.7g, 3h). Wreathed head of Tanit l. R/ Horse standing r. before palm tree. SNG Copenhagen 1117-9 (Zeugitania) Former: lorddeibi6 And that's that. Please post your Sicilian coinage, recent reshoots, coins that are stunners in hand but the photos just never do justice or anything else that floats your triremes!