A copper coin from the town of Catana (Katane), Sicily, circa 150 BC
Mint: not recorded
Reference: BMC Sicily p.53 No.85
Die axis: 12
Head of Zeus Ammon facing right
Aequitas standing left holding balanced scales in right hand and cornucopia in left. Various monograms about in field
Zeus was the Greek King of the Gods and God of sky and thunder. Ammon was the city god of Thebes whose worship spread through North Africa. In Greece and Greek colonies Ammon was equated with Zeus but depicted on coins with a curling ram's horn
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Mr Lincoln, Eugene von Guerard, 15 Mar 1976
circa 150 BC
Eugene von Guerard, Melbourne, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, pre 1880
Listed in Eugene von Guerard's catalogue, vol.1, p.11. Purchased by Eugene von Guerard from Mr Friedlander of Berlin for 3 shillings. The coin became separated from its origin and was found in the NGV Safe during McArthur Bequest incorporation, about 1904. The date 1880 was the year that the National Gallery of Victoria purchased Eugene von Guerard's collection. The NGV Numismatics collection was transferred to the Science Museum of Victoria in 1976.
Type of item
22 mm (Outside Diameter), 8.981 g (Weight)
BMC. Sicily p.53 No.85
[Book] Poole, Reginald S. 1876. A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Sicily., 53 Pages
[Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.