The Litra denomination
A small silver and bronze coin used in the colonies of Ancient Greece in general, and in ancient Sicily in particular.

In silver it weighed 0.87 g (0.031 oz) and was equal to one-fifth of a drachma - almost the same weight as an obol.
An AR Litra struck 485-450 BC in Syracuse
Obverse: Head of Artemis-Arethustra right, hair turned up behind under diadem of beads, ΣV[RA] before

Reverse: Octopus/Cuttle-fish

Diameter: 6 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 0.41 g

Style indicates pre-second democracy, i.e. Gelon or Hieron I.


cf. Sear 929
(2) Selinos
An AR Litra struck c. 530-500 BC in Selinos
Obverse: selinos leaf

Reverse: selinos leaf within incuse circle

Diameter: 11 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 0.6 g
No notes for this coin
SNG ANS 687; SNG München 879