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ID:     851518
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Greek
Region:     SICILY
City:     Atl
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE15
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC 357-336
Diameter:     15 mm
Weight:     3 g
Die Axis:     5 h
Obverse Legend:     AΘΛ
Obverse Description:     Barbarous female head right; AΘΛ to left
Reverse Description:     Female figure seated right on throne, holding trident and bow
Primary Reference:     CNS 3
Reference2:     SNG ANS -
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=148531
Grade:     VF, red-green patina
Notes:     Very rare. From the J. Olphin Collection. Ex Classical Numismatic Group 60 (22 May 2002), lot 146; Numismatica Ars Classica B (25 February 1992), lot 1119.Atl was a mercenary settlement in Sicily from 357-336 BC. There are three issues known from this settlement, the first of which was overstruck on Syracusean bronze drachms. The design on this first issue is the same size as the two later, smaller ones, leaving a lot of empty space on the coin. This suggests a very utilitarian purpose for these coins. What furthers this idea is the crude style. However, who the female figures are on this coin remains a mystery.