SICILY ERYX bronze onkia? circa 300 BC or later


SICILY, ERYX, onkia?, no date (circa 300 BC or later), Obverse: female head L, Reverse: horse prancing L, bronze, 10mm, 4.8g, Calciati-14, corroded reverse, F

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Eryx was a settlement at the base of what is now called Mount Erice, in the far western corner of Sicily. It was a native settlement, then was aligned with Carthage, was conquered by Greeks, then by Romans.

Sicily was a border zone contested by Phoenicians from Carthage in North Africa and Greeks.

We think that our culture grew out of the culture of Greece because it was in Greece (and in China) that people started thinking about how things could be different than they were in a world where everything was dangerous and might made right. They also established principles of artistic expression that we still use today. We see this approach to art in their coins.

Ancient Coins includes Greek and Roman coins and those of neighbors and successors, geographically from Morocco and Spain all the way to Afghanistan. Date ranges for these begin with the world’s earliest coins of the 8th century BC to, in an extreme case, the end of Byzantine Empire, 1453 AD.