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851518
851518. Sold For $575

SICILY, Atl. 357-336 BC. Æ 15mm (3.00 g, 5h). Barbarous female head right; AΘΛ to left / Female figure seated right on throne, holding trident and bow. CNS 3; SNG ANS -. VF, red-green patina. Very rare.


From the J. Olphin Collection. Ex Classical Numismatic Group 60 (22 May 2002), lot 146; Numismatica Ars Classica B (25 February 1992), lot 1119.

Atl was a mercenary settlement in Sicily from 357-336 BC. There are three issues known from this settlement, the first of which was overstruck on Syracusean bronze drachms. The design on this first issue is the same size as the two later, smaller ones, leaving a lot of empty space on the coin. This suggests a very utilitarian purpose for these coins. What furthers this idea is the crude style. However, who the female figures are on this coin remains a mystery.