Octopus Syracuse – Ancient Greece
Octopus Syracuse – Ancient Greece
Item 29995
Country Cook Islands (the)
Year 2022
Face Value 5 Dollars
Metal Gold .9999
Weight 0.5 g
Size 11 mm
Quality Silk finish
Mintage 15000

Ancient cities chose symbols for their coinage that represented the founding mythology, a pun on the city’s name, a characteristic feature of the economy or the city’s devotion to a particular deity.

Syracuse in Sicily was founded by Ancient Greek Corinthians and Teneans. It grew to a very powerful city-state, was allied with Sparta and Corinth and exerted influence over the entirety of coastal areas of Southern Italy. Described by Cicero as «the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all», it equaled Athens in size during the fifth century BC. The octopus as a feature is probably due to the city’s proximity to the sea, fishing or the brisk trading in its port.

Part of the collection "Ancient Greece"

Coins of the same collection

2022

New
Alexander the Great – Ancient Greece
Alexander the Great – Ancient Greece

 

Ancient Greece
New
Philip II of Macedon – Ancient Greece
Philip II of Macedon – Ancient Greece

 

Ancient Greece
New
Ptolemaios I – Ancient Greece
Ptolemaios I – Ancient Greece

 

Ancient Greece
New
Dolphins and Tuna Cyzicus – Ancient Greece
Dolphins and Tuna Cyzicus – Ancient Greece

 

Ancient Greece
New
Octopus Syracuse – Ancient Greece
Octopus Syracuse – Ancient Greece

 

Ancient Greece
New
Crab Akragas – Ancient Greece
Crab Akragas – Ancient Greece

Similar or related coins

New
Alexander the Great – Ancient Greece
Alexander the Great – Ancient Greece
Ancient Greece
New
Crab Akragas – Ancient Greece
Crab Akragas – Ancient Greece
Ancient Greece
New
Dolphins and Tuna Cyzicus – Ancient Greece
Dolphins and Tuna Cyzicus – Ancient Greece
Ancient Greece
New
Philip II of Macedon – Ancient Greece
Philip II of Macedon – Ancient Greece
Ancient Greece
New
Ptolemaios I – Ancient Greece
Ptolemaios I – Ancient Greece