Ancient Coinage of Messana, Sicily


[Caltabiano 356]

Messana, on the northern coast of Sicily; modern Messina

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Calciati 9Messana, Sicily. Circa 450-400 BC. AE 17mm. Head of nymph Pelorias left; two dolphins before, sea-shell behind / Trident; scallop shells between points, two dolphins below. TextImage
Caltabiano 16vMessana, Sicily. Circa 488-481 BC. AR Litra. Facing lion's head / MES in plain incuse circle. SNG ANS 313v. TextImage
Caltabiano 57Messana, Sicily. ca 488-461 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Charioteer driving walking biga right; olive leaf in exergue / MEΣΣE-N-IO-N, hare springing right. SNG ANS 314. TextImage
Caltabiano 60Messana, Sicily AR Tetradrachm. Struck circa 478-476 BC. Charioteer driving walking biga right, holding kentron & reins; leaf in exergue / Hare springing right. SNG ANS 314. TextImage
Caltabiano 102Messana, Sicily AR Tetradrachm. ca 475-471 BC. Charioteer driving walking biga right; leaf in exergue / Hare springing right. TextImage
Caltabiano 170Messana, Sicily. c470-466 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Charioteer driving mule team; olive leaf below / MESSENION, bounding hare. TextImage
Caltabiano 200Messana, Sicily. Circa 465-462/1 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.12 gm). Seated charioteer driving walking biga right; leaf in exergue / Hare springing right. TextImage
Caltabiano 335Messana, Sicily. c455-451 BC. AR Drachm. Charioteer driving walking biga right, holding reins with both hands; leaf with fruit in exergue, Nike flying above and crowning horses / Hare springing right, retrograde B above. TextImage
Caltabiano 356Messana, Sicily AR Tetradrachm. ca 450–446 BC. Mule biga right, above Nike flying right to crown mules, laurel leaf & berry in exergue / MESS—ANION (latter half retrograde), hare leaping right above sprig of three leaves. TextImage
Caltabiano 419Messana, Sicily. Circa 438-434 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Biga of mules right, Nike flying above / Hare springing right, olive spray above. TextImage
Caltabiano 419bisMessana, Sicily AR Tetradrachm. ca 438-434 BC. Biga of mules right, above Nike flying right to crown mules, laurel leaf & berry in ex / Hare leaping right. TextImage
Caltabiano 420Messana, Sicily, AR Tetradrachm. ca 435 BC. Biga of mules driven right by seated male charioteer, Nike flying right, crowning mules, pellet & olive leaf in exergue / MEΣΣA-N-ION, hare bounding right. TextImage
Caltabiano 480Messana, Sicily. ca 425-421 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Charioteer driving walking biga of mules right, holding kentron in right hand, reins with both; olive leaf with berry in exergue, Nike flying above crowning horses / MEΣ-Σ-A-NI-O-N, hare springing right; fly below. SNG ANS 376. TextImage
Caltabiano 491Messana, Sicily AR Tetradrachm. ca 410-405 BC. Biga of mules driven right by standing charioteer, Nike alighting right on reins to crown mules, laurel leaf & berry in exergue / Hare leaping right above dolphin leaping right. TextImage
Caltabiano 493SICILY. Messana. Ca. 410-405 BC. Silver tetradrachm (17.41 gm). Charioteer driving slow mule biga right, above Nike flying right to crown mules, laurel leaf & berry in exergue / [M]ES-S-A-N-IO-N, hare leaping right above dolphin leaping left. Caltabiano 493 (D201/R201). Jameson 649 (same dies). Obverse struck from rusty die, the hare on reverse remarkably well-detailed. Good extremely fine TextImage
Caltabiano 494Messana, Sicily AR Tetradrachm. ca 425-421 BC. Charioteer driving slow biga of mules right, holding reins with both hands; above, Nike flying right, crowning mules; leaf with fruit in exergue / MEΣ-ΣA-N-I-ON, hare springing right; below, dolphin right. SNG ANS 357. TextImage
Caltabiano 497Messana, Sicily. ca 425-421 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Charioteer driving walking biga of mules right, holding kentron in right hand, reins with both; two dolphins in exergue, Nike flying above crowning horses / ME-Σ-Σ-ANIO-N, hare springing right; dolphin below. SNG ANS 360. TextImage
Caltabiano 510Sicily - Messana. 420-410 B.C. AR Tetradrachm. Hare running r.; below, cockle-shell; around, inscription / Biga of mules walking r., guided by charioteer; above, inscr.; in exergue, two dolphins facing. TextImage
Caltabiano 511Messana, Sicily. Circa 420-413 BC. AR Tetradrachm. The nymph Messana driving biga left; two dolphins nose-to-nose in exergue / Hare springing left; grain ear below. SNG Copenhagen 403, SNG Lockett 823, Kraay & Hirmer 55, SNG ANS 372. TextImage
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Caltabiano 512•4Messana, Sicily AR Tetradrachm. ca 420-413 BC. MEΣΣANA above, charioteer driving walking biga left, holding kentron in right hand, reins in both; two dolphins in exergue / MEΣ-Σ-ANI-ON retrograde, hare springing right; grasshopper on bunch of grapes below. SNG Cop 402. TextImage
Caltabiano 514Messana, Sicily AR Tetradrachm. ca 410-405 BC. Biga of mules driven left by female charioteer, two dolphins nose to nose in exergue / Hare leaping right over dolphin right. TextImage
Caltabiano 517Messana, Sicily. c420-413 BC. AR Tetradrachm. MEΣΣ-ANA, standing charioteer driving walking biga right, holding kentron / MEΣ-Σ-A-NIO-N, hare springing right; dolphin below. SNG Cop 399, SNG ANS 356. TextImage
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Caltabiano 524Messana, Sicily AR Tetradrachm. ca. 407–405 BC. MEΣΣA-NA, mule biga right, two dolphins nose to nose in exergue / MEΣ-ΣA-NI-O-N, hare leaping right above dolphin leaping right. TextImage
Caltabiano 600Messana, Sicily AR Tetradrachm. Struck 412-408 BC. The nymph Messana driving a walking biga of mules left, Nike flying above. / Hare springing right, stalk of grain behind, MEΣΣANION below. TextImage
Caltabiano 611Messana, Sicily AR Tetradrachm. ca 412-408 BC. Charioteer driving slow biga of mules left, holding kentron in right hand, reins with both; above, Nike flying right, crowning charioteer; two dolphins in exergue / MEΣΣ-AN-ION, hare springing right; below, head of Pan right. SNG ANS 371v. TextImage
Caltabiano 613Messana, Sicily. ca 412-408 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Charioteer driving walking biga left, holding kentron in right hand, reins in both; Nike flying above crowning charioteer, two dolphins in exergue / MEΣΣAN-I-ON, hare springing right; head of Pan facing right below, syrinx before. SNG ANS 369v. TextImage
Caltabiano 614Messana, Sicily AR Tetradrachm. ca 412-408 BC. Charioteer driving slow biga of mules left, holding kentron in right hand, reins with both; in exergue, two dolphins vis-a-vis / MEΣΣANION, hare springing left; above, bird flying left; grain ear below. SNG Cop 404, BMC 46, SNG ANS 378. TextImage
Caltabiano 620Messana, Sicily AR Tetradrachm. ca 405-397 BC. Biga of mules driven left by Nike, two dolphins nose to nose in exergue / hare leaping left over stalk of grain, dove flying left above, MEΣΣANIΩN in ex. TextImage
Caltabiano 623Messana, Sicily. ca 412-408 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Charioteer driving walking biga of mules left, holding kentron in right hand, reins with both; two dolphins in exergue, Nike flying above crowning charioteer / MEΣΣANIΩN below hare springing left; grain ear below, bird above. SNG Cop 401. TextImage
Caltabiano 671Messana, Sicily. ca 411-408 BC. AE Hemilitron. Head of the nymph Pelorias right, hair bound in ampyx & sphendone; three dolphins around / MEΣΣANIΩN, trident head, scallop shell on either side, hare left. Calciati 11, BMC 72v. TextImage
Caltabiano 708•2Messana, Sicily. ca 407-396 BC. AE Tetras. MEΣΣANIΩN, hare running left; lagabolon above, K & locust left below / Cuttlefish. Calciati 1. TextImage
Caltabiano 710
Sear #1135
Messana, Sicily. ca 338-331 BC. AE Dilitron. ΠOΣEIΔAN, laureate head of Poseidon left / MEΣΣANIΩN, ornate trident head, dolphin on either side. Calciati 12/3, SNG ANS 391; BMC 73; SNG Cop 420. TextImage
Caltabiano 747Messana, Sicily. Circa 330-325 BC. AE Litra. Laureate head of Poseidon left; F & dolphin behind / Ornate trident head, dolphin on either side; F below. Calciati 14v, SNG ANS 393v, SNG Copenhagen 421. TextImage
Caltabiano 755vMessana, Sicily. ca 338-331 BC. AE Tetras. ΠOΣEIΔAN, laureate head of Poseidon left / MEΣΣANIΩN, ornate trident head, dolphin on either side. Calciati 16, SNG Cop 422. TextImage
Caltabiano 867•2Messana, Sicily. c310-288 BC. AE Litra. PELWRIAS, head of Pelorias left, wearing wreath of grain; two dolphins before / MEΣΣANIΩN, naked warrior advancing left, holding shield & spear. Calciati 22, SNG ANS 395. TextImage
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Caltabiano 879Sicily, The Mamertini at Messana. Circa 288-278 BC. AE Double. Helmeted head of Ares left / Hound standing right. Calciati 20, SNG Cop 443. TextImage
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Caltabiano 890Messana, Sicily. ca 287-279 BC. AE Hemilitron. Draped bust of Pelorias left, in single-pendant earring & necklace; two dolphins before / MEΣΣANIΩN in ex, Nike driving a galloping biga right. Calciati 21, SNG ANS 389, BMC 84, SNG Cop 424. TextImage
Caltabiano 914
Sear #1137
Messana, Sicily. ca 278-275 BC. AE Litra. MEΣΣANIΩN, head of Herakles left, in lion's skin headdress / Lion walking right, left paw raised; club above, torch in ex. Calciati 23, BMC 79; SNGCop 426-427. TextImage
Caltabiano 914Messana, Sicily AE Litra. Circa 278-275 BC. MEΣΣANIΩN, head of Herakles left, in lion's skin headdress / Lion walking right, left paw raised; club above, torch in exergue. TextImage
Gill 1DMessana, Sicily or uncertain mercenaries in Sicily, AE13, 3.60 g, mid 4th Century BC. Head of Hephaistos left, wearing conical pilos / ME monogram. Gill 1D in SNR 2008; BCD Peloponnesos 1330 (this coin, but as Methana in Argolis); Buceti, Messana 5.TextImage
Pozzi 484Messana, Sicily, AR Tetradrachm, 25mm, 16.93 g. 490-461 BC. Biga of mules drove by charioteer, olive leaf below / MESSENION, Hare running right. Pozzi 484; Sear 842. TextImage
SG 847vMessana, Sicily, AR tetradrachm. ca 435 BC. Biga of mules driven right by seated male charioteer, Nike flying right, crowning mules, olive leaf in exergue / MEΣΣ-ANION, hare bounding right, olive sprig below. TextImage
SNG ANS 298ffSicily, Zankle-Messana AR Drachm. ca 500 BC. DANKLE, dolphin left within sickle-shaped harbor / Nine part incuse square with scallop shell in center. SNG Lockett 814. TextImage
SNG ANS 300Sicily. Messana as Zancle. Ca. 510-494 BC. AR drachm (5.68 gm). DANKLE, dolphin leaping left within sickle-shaped harbor / Shallow incuse square divided into nine smaller squares, the central square sunk, containing cockle shell in relief; the corner squares halved diagonally, one half sunk; two opposing squares sunk, each containing raised rectangle. Gielow, MBNG XLVIII, 55; SNG ANS 300; Rizzo pl. xxv, 4-5.TextImage
SNG ANS 300ffSicily, Zankle-Messana. ca 500 BC. AR Drachm. DANKLE, dolphin swimming left within sickle-shaped harbor / Nine part incuse square with scallop shell in center. TextImage
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SNG ANS 301Messana, Sicily as Zancle AR Drachm. ca 510-494 BC. DANKLE, dolphin leaping left within sickle-shaped harbor / Shallow incuse square divided into nine smaller squares, the central square sunk, containing cockle shell in relief; the corner squares halved diagonally, one half sunk; two opposing squares sunk, each containing raised rectangle. TextImage
SNG ANS 305Messana, Sicily, as Zancle AR Litra. ca 500 BC. Dolphin leaping left within circular harbor / Scallop shell in center of nine-part geometric pattern. SNG Munich 626. TextImage
SNG ANS 317Messana, Sicily. c480-461 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Charioteer driving mule team, olive leaf below / MESSENION, bounding hare right. Dewing 638; SNG Cop 390. TextImage
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SNG ANS 335Messana, AR 27.92 mm, ca. 455-451 BC. 16.81 gr. Charioteer driving slow biga of mules right, Nike flying right above, holding wreath, olive leaf in exergue / MESSANI-ON, hare springing right, B above. SNG ANS 335; Caltabiano 323; SNG Copenhagen 394; cf Sear Greece 842.TextImage
SNG ANS 357Messana, Sicily AR Tetradrachm. ca 425-421 BC. Charioteer driving slow biga of mules right, holding reins with both hands; above, Nike flying right, crowning mules; leaf with fruit in exergue / MEΣ-ΣA-N-I-ON, hare springing right; below, dolphin right. SNG ANS 357. TextImage
SNG ANS 403Messana, Mamertini. 288-278 BC. AE 27 mm. Laureate head of Ares right; Macedonian helmet behind / Eagle, standing left on thunderbolt, wings spread. TextImage
SNG ANS 406Messana, Sicily, The Mamertini, 288-278 BC. AE26. Laureate head of Ares / Eagle standing on thunderbolt. TextImage
Sear #842Messana, Sicily, AR Tetradrachm. 480-461 BC. Charioteer driving mule biga, olive leaf in exergue / MESSENION (N's retrograde) Hare bounding right. SNG ANS 314.
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Sear #845Messana, Sicily, AR Litra. c 480-461 BC, Hare bounding right / Retrograde MES. TextObv*Rev
Sear #848Messana, Sicily AR Tetradrachm. After 450 BC. Mule biga right, seated bearded charioteer holding reins in both hands, large laurel leaf right in exergue / MEΣΣA-NION, hare springing right. TextObv*Rev
Sear #849Messana, Sicily, AR Litra. ca 450 BC. Hare leaping over a scallop / MEΣ in wreath. BMC 63. TextObv*Rev
Sear #851Messana, Sicily, AR tetradrachm. 415-405 BC, MESS-A-NA, biga of mules right, standing female charioteer in long chiton girded at waist with kentron, two dolphins in ex. / MES-S-A-N-IO-N Hare springing right, dolphin right below. TextObv*Rev
Sear 854Messana, Sicily, AR tetradrachm. 16.76 gr, 24.87 mm. 425-396 BC. Biga of mules driven left by Messana, holding reins in both hands, Nike flying right above, holding wreath, two dolphins meeting in exergue / MEΣΣANIΩN, hare running left, eagle flying left above, ear of barley left below. BMC 46; Sear Greece 854.TextImage
Sear #1132Messana, Sicily. Circa 407-396 BC. AE Tetras (6.92 gm). MEΣΣANIΩN, hare running left; lagabolon above, locust right in exergue / Cuttlefish. Calciati 2/1, SNG ANS 382-384; BMC 68, SNG Cop 418. TextImage
Sear #1135Messana, Sicily. ca 338-331 BC. AE Dilitron. ΠOΣEIΔAN, laureate head of Poseidon left / MEΣΣANIΩN, ornate trident head, dolphin on either side. Calciati 12/3, SNG ANS 391; BMC 73; SNG Cop 420. TextImage
Sear #1137Messana, Sicily. ca 278-275 BC. AE Litra. MEΣΣANIΩN, head of Herakles left, in lion's skin headdress / Lion walking right, left paw raised; club above, torch in ex. Calciati 23, BMC 79; SNGCop 426-427.
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Sear #1138The Mamertini, Sicily. ca 288-278 BC. AE Double Unit. AΡEOΣ, laureate head of Ares right / MAMEΡTI-NΩN, bull butting left. SNG ANS 410-411; Calciati 9/2, BMC 17; SNG Cop 429. TextImage
Sear #1141Mamertini, Sicily, AE19. After 288 BC, Head of Adranus left / Dog standing right. SNG ANS 418. TextObv*Rev
Sear #1143The Mamertini, Sicily. After 210 BC. AE Pentonkion. Laureate head of Ares left / MAMEΡTINΩN, nude horseman, spear in his left hand, leading his horse left; Π in left field. SNG ANS 430; Calciati 25; BMC 32.
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Sear #1144The Mamertini, Sicily. After 210 BC. AE Pentonkion. Laureate head of Zeus right / MAMEΡTINΩN, nude warrior in crested helmet advancing right, with shield on left arm & long spear in right hand; Π in right field. Calciati 40/1, BMC 25ff; SNG Cop 458. TextImage
Sear #1146The Mamertini, Sicily. After 210 BC. AE Hemionkion. Diademed head of Artemis right, bow & quiver over shoulder / MAMERTINOYS, omphalos; monogram in ex. Calciati 33, BMC 51. TextImage
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