The coinage of Rhegium bears the icons of the Greek deity Apollo. Apollo represents light, music, and medicine, and is most often depicted with a bow and arrow, a lyre, or both. Apollo is also the patron of truth and prophecy, and through his dominion over prophecy he offered guidance on the establishment of colonies, making him the patron of colonization as well. The obverse depicts a lion’s scalp within a beaded border. The coin is centered on the lion’s forehead, with his ears, mane, and nose included in the view. The detailed and expressive eyes convey a mesmerizing feel, and the detail is outstanding. The reverse features Apollo, often referred to as the “Most Greek of the Greek deities” for his depiction as an athletic youth and his love of music and poetry. This coin captures the youthful vigor of Apollo, depicting him bust right, with a somber expression. Adorning his head is a laurel crown, and an olive spray is visible behind his head. While the reverse is well centered so that the bust is entirely intact, the legend that is normally present along the right hand side is marred. For this type it usually indicates “Rhegium.” This piece exhibits pleasing toning and the details on the devices really stand out.
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