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ID:     77000047
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Greek
Region:     SICILY
City:     Zankle-Messana
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Drachm
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Circa 500-493
Weight:     5.66 g
Obverse Legend:     ΔΑΝΚΛΕ
Obverse Description:     Dolphin swimming left within sickle-shaped harbor
Reverse Description:     Nine-part incuse square with scallop shell in center
Primary Reference:     Gielow 55 (same obv. die)
Reference2:     SNG ANS 300 (same obv. die)
Reference3:     SNG Lloyd 1075-6
Reference4:     SNG Ashmolean 1818; Basel 359
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=114470
Grade:     Good VF, toned, die rust on obverse.
Notes:     Sale: Triton XI, Lot: 47 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 its 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.