About MGC

- overview map
- list of cities
- detailed map, e.g. Sicily Area V
- list with about real sized coins, e.g. Kamarina
- individual coin with enlargements, e.g. silver litra of Kamarina
- die-couplings "Boehringer" tetradrachms Syracuse
- die-couplings "Tudeer" tetradrachms Syracuse
- die-couplings die couplings "Fischer-Bossert" didrachms Tarentum

Welcome to "Magna Graecia Coins" (since February 1996 on Internet).
My aim is to built lists of published Greek coin types of Italy and Sicily (including Carthaginian issues from Zeugitana, Sardinia etc.) till 212 BC. The coin illustrations come largely from the stock of commercial numismatists and private collections. With a resolution of 72 dpi the images of the coins are about real size in the coin lists. Clicking such a coin opens description of the coin with a larger image (2 till 5x).
Inevitably these lists will contain errors and misinterpretations of the literature. I hope that you will inform me about these errors so that in time an up to date list will arise.

All the coin lists are still under construction.

Many specialised books have been written on the coins of Magna Graecia. Also the Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum series offers much information. General works on Greek coins generally cover the coins of the whole Greek world. What is missing is an overview, an up to date list of all the published Greek coin types with up to date information concerning the time they were issued and their denomination.
The Sicilian Greeks issued for the first time token bronze coins. Their smallest denomination was an onkia, equivalent with 0.07 grammes of silver. A litra valued 12 onkiae. The catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum (Volume 2 Sicily, 1876) erroneously describes the denomination trias as equivalent with three onkiae and the tetras as equivalent with four onkiae. Trias, however, means a third of a litra so four onkiae and tetras means a quarter of a litra so three onkiae. In many even recent books this error is still made.
The lists of coin types offered in these WWW pages is meant to give an up to date overview. Moreover, I hope that these pages will lead to remarks, additions and discussions by the readers so that these lists will be updated all the time.

Level 1. The home page of "Magna Graecia Coins" consists of a map of Magna Graecia. This map is divided in regions. Clicking on a region brings you to a more detailed map of the region.
Also the city list (reachable by clicking "list" in the header frame) is level 1.

Level 2. In the detailed maps of the region's/area's and the city list, the cities are indicated by dots. Greek cities are indicated by red dots, Carthagian or Etruscan cities by green dots and native (Messapian, Sicel etc.) cities are indicated by black dots.
Clicking a dot leads you to the coins issued by the city.
Clicking the name of the city leads you to information about the city.

Level 3. The coin lists of the cities belong to the third level of information. A coin list of a city gives the coins of different denominations, from early periods till later periods. On clicking a coin in the list a page is opened with a large image of the coin and additional information.

Level 4. Large image of the selected coin and additional information.

levels symbols [symbol click result]
1. Magna Graecia Map
region/area [selected region/area]
list cities
region/area [map selected region/area]
Greek city [coin list city]
native city (e.g. Samnian or mercenary) [coin list city]
Etruscan or Carthaginian city [coin list city]
2. region/area Map
Greek city [coin list city]
native city (e.g. Samnian or mercenary) [coin list city]
Etruscan or Carthaginian city [coin list city]
city name [info city]
neighbouring region/area [map selected region/area]
3. coin list city
[info & enlargement]
4. info & enlarged image


A :    gold
adv:   advancing
El:    electrum = (natural) occurring alloy of gold and silver
AR:    silver
AE:    copper
BC:    before Christ
Cw:    Corinthian weight
diad:  diademed
ex:    exergue line
frnt:  frontal
hd:    head
helm:  helmeted
l:     left
laur:  laureated
Obv:   obverse
p:     pellet(s)
r:     right
rad:   radiated
Rev:   reverse
run:   running (meaning: galloping)
se:    standard error
ls:    lion's skin (e.g.: hd Herakles ls = hd Herakles in lion's skin)
stg:   standing
veil:  veiled

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