Magna Graecia is the name the Romans gave to the ancient Greek seaport colonies in Sicily and southern Italy existing between the 8th to the 4th century BCE. These colonies ended after the Pyrrhic War in 275 BCE. The Greek diaspora brought trade, wealth, politics, literature, and art to the Italian and Sicilian colonies.
This historical set reviews the Classical art style found in the ancient Greek coinage of southern Italy and Sicily.
1. Akragas Silver Decadrachm Olympic Victory, 413 BCE to 406 BCE. Agrigentum was an important wealthy Sicilian city of the 5th century BCE. In 406 BCE the city was sacked by the Carthaginians. This coin is considered a marvel of artistry and detail in the Classical style.
2. Naxos Silver Tetradrachm, 461 BCE to 430 BCE. Naxos regained its independence from Greek tyrants. This early classical coin shows the Archaic style giving way to the more relaxed Classical style.
3. Syracuse Silver Tetradrachm by the Engraver Kimon, 413 BCE to 405 BCE. The 5th century engraver Kimon is recognized as one of the greatest artists in the Classical style of Greek art.
4. Syracuse Silver Decadrachm by the Engraver Euainetos, 413 BCE to 406 BCE. Euainetos was at the forefront of the high Classical style with its tension between idealism and realism. All figures are bold and deeply cut into the dies.
5. Syracuse Silver Tetradrachm of King Agathokles, 317 BCE to 298 BCE. This late Classical style shows the further development of realism in faces and figures.
This Historical Replica Set includes five (5) double-sided Museum-Quality Replica coins! These coins are replicas and made of lead free pewter. Each coin is marked "COPY" on the reverse as required by the Hobby Protection Act. Made in the USA. Comes attached to an 5" x 7" Informational Card.
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