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ID:     762439
Type:     Greek
Region:     SICILY
City:     Zankle-Messana
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Drachm
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Circa 500-493
Diameter:     22 mm
Weight:     5.76 g
Obverse Legend:     DANKLE
Obverse Description:     Dolphin swimming left within sickle-shaped harbor
Reverse Description:     Nine-part incuse square with scallop shell in center
Primary Reference:     Gielow Group 4 (unlisted dies)
Reference2:     Asyut 10
Reference3:     SNG ANS 298-303
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Near EF, toned, struck with slightly worn dies
Notes:     Excellent metal The colony of Zankle was founded by Cumaean and Euboean settlers in the eighth century BC on the straits of Messina. Its name, meaning "sickle", was taken from it important sickle-shaped harbor. The colony prospered and even founded its own colonies at Mylae and Himera. Zankle was soon overshadowed by Rhegion, though, whose tyrant, Anaxilas, seized the colony around 488 BC and renamed the city Messana, after Peloponnesian Messenia, whose colonists he settled in Zankle.