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Sicily, Messana Silver Tetradrachm (c.438-426 BC) - NGC VF (Strike: 4/5, Surface: 3/5)

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Sicily, Messana Silver Tetradrachm (c.438-426 BC) - NGC VF (Strike: 4/5, Surface: 3/5)

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Why purchase this ancient Sicilian Silver Tetradrachm?

The ancient city of Messana was a Greek colony located in the northeast of Sicily. Originally bearing the name Zancle, the city was re-named Messana when it was taken over by Anaxilas in 490 BC, in honor of his hometown of Messene in the Peloponnese region. Anaxilas struck coinage celebrating his victory in the mule biga event in the 484 BC Olympic Games, a theme which remained in use well beyond his death in 476 BC. This Silver Tetradrachm, weighing 17.13 grams, was struck in Messana, c.438-426 BC.

Beautifully Detailed Design

The obverse depicts the nymph Messana clutching reins in both hands, driving a slow mule-drawn biga towards the right, with the Greek winged goddess of Victory, Nike, flying above, about to bestow wreaths upon the mule's heads; an olive leaf with fruit in exergue.

A hare is illustrated bounding to the right on the reverse, above the inscription "MESSANION," partially framed by what remains of a beaded border.

Very Fine Ancient Coin

This Silver Tetradrachm of Messana, Sicily, struck c.438-426 BC, is graded Very Fine (VF), with additional grading of 4/5 for strike and 3/5 for surface quality by NGC Ancients, the ancient coin grading division of the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). The coin will exhibit a strong, sharp strike and good definition of detail with highest points worn flat, similar to a coin graded 20-25 on the Sheldon Scale.

Add this historical artifact struck in the fifth century BC to your collection of ancient coinage!


Year of Issue:c. 438-426 BC
Grading Service:NGC
Grade:VF