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I love the coins of Sicily and think the man-bulls of Gela are especially striking. Here's the well-worn example I'm lucky enough to have temporary custody of.

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Gela. Ca. 490-475 BC. AR didrachm (21mm, 8.42 gm, 12h).  Horseman, nude save for pileus, on horse galloping right, brandishing spear in his upraised right hand; dotted border / CΕ-ΛΑ, forepart of man-faced bull running right; all in circular incuse. Jenkins 24. 

I've seen examples (online) showing earlier iterations of the obverse die break .

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23 hours ago, Etcherdude said:

I love the coins of Sicily and think the man-bulls of Gela are especially striking. Here's the well-worn example I'm lucky enough to have temporary custody of.

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Gela. Ca. 490-475 BC. AR didrachm (21mm, 8.42 gm, 12h).  Horseman, nude save for pileus, on horse galloping right, brandishing spear in his upraised right hand; dotted border / CΕ-ΛΑ, forepart of man-faced bull running right; all in circular incuse. Jenkins 24. 

I've seen examples (online) showing earlier iterations of the obverse die break .

 

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At left is another example with an even larger die break. 

This coin, representing Jenkins 24, is shown at https://manfacedbullsar.wordpress.com/gela/ , where the anomaly is identified as a large die break--- Grosser Stempelbruch auf Av

 

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