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    Segesta Didrachm, Ex Prospero

    SICILY. Segesta. Ca. 450-416 BC. AR didrachm (22mm 8.40 gm, 9h). Hound standing to left, its head lowered, on the scent / Head of Segesta facing to right, hair tied with a broad band. SNG ANS 624 (same dies). Very rare.  Lightly toned. Good Very Fine. NGC Choice VF 5/5 - 4/5.

    From The California Collection. Ex Prospero Collection (Baldwin's New York Sale, 4 January 2012), lot 152. 

    According to legend, Segesta was founded by Dardanians who accompanied Aeneas on his flight from the destruction of Troy; they were led by the local king Acestes, son of the river god Crinesus and a Trojan woman named Segesta (likely the lady depicted on the reverse of this rare early didrachm). Segesta was in constant conflict with the Greek city of Selinus and opened a proverbial Pandora's box by inviting the Athenians, and later Carthaginians, to invade Sicily in support of their cause. Selinus was ultimately destroyed, but the Carthaginians stayed, and Segesta became their loyal allies against the Greek cities of Sicily and, later, against the Romans. However Segesta switched sides in 260 BC and suffered no reprisals from the Romans due to their supposed shared ancestry. 


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