The close link between the coastal populations of the Mediterranean and the sea and sea-life is clear from the frequent representation of numerous marine creatures on a wide range of archaeological and numismatic evidence. Coins depicting a range of water fauna, very often in great detail, can make a fundamental contribution in identifying species that were already present in the Mediterranean during ancient times. This rediscovery of local species has been made possible thanks to inter-disciplinary analysis with the field of marine biology. Just a few examples of such re-discovered species include a bivalve mollusc identified from the litras struck by the mint of Catana, the shell Pelorias, widespread in the transitional waters of Capo Peloro, engraved on the coinage of Zancle-Messana, and a type of crab, present on various denominations from the city of Acragas. All these images also bear a strong symbolic significance, sometimes an inheritance of more ancient imagery, often linked to local identities or part of a wider cultural koiné, that is identifiable through comparisons

Water fauna and Sicilian coins from the Greek period

PUGLISI, Mariangela
2015

Abstract

The close link between the coastal populations of the Mediterranean and the sea and sea-life is clear from the frequent representation of numerous marine creatures on a wide range of archaeological and numismatic evidence. Coins depicting a range of water fauna, very often in great detail, can make a fundamental contribution in identifying species that were already present in the Mediterranean during ancient times. This rediscovery of local species has been made possible thanks to inter-disciplinary analysis with the field of marine biology. Just a few examples of such re-discovered species include a bivalve mollusc identified from the litras struck by the mint of Catana, the shell Pelorias, widespread in the transitional waters of Capo Peloro, engraved on the coinage of Zancle-Messana, and a type of crab, present on various denominations from the city of Acragas. All these images also bear a strong symbolic significance, sometimes an inheritance of more ancient imagery, often linked to local identities or part of a wider cultural koiné, that is identifiable through comparisons
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