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AR Syracuse, Sicily litra 466-406 B.C.(0.88g) O: Head of Arethusa right, wearing pearl headband, earring, and choker, hair tucked up behind under headband; SNG ANS 132. Cf. Boehringer 423–430. R: ΣV—R—A, octopus. G: Beautifully toned. Struck in high relief. Mint state. S: Gemini V, lot 451, 1/6/09

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Greek Sicily Silver

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This was a very pretty coin.


It is also a very tiny coin. It takes a loop to see the details, but it really well done.


Don't drop it.

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It's amazing to me that the Greeks could get so much detail with a high level of artistry on these tiny coins. Imagine carrying these around to use in commerce.
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Mark, you're such a size queen. ;)


This litra couldn't be any better, plus that irridescent patina is amazing!

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Thanks, J. Sorry there's no hippocamp on this one. lol. I was very much attracted to this coin by the toning. I love the rainbow of colors inherent in the iridescence of silver toning and this coin looks like it will be lovely in hand. I won't be surprised to find the iridescence on a lustrous background which is often difficult to capture in a scan or photo. -h
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This is an unbelievably great looking coin. The octopus is fantastic and the toning is second to none!
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