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Numismatic Puzzle: Poseidonia

Today, we have a coin featuring a Greek god, who was believed to protect the cities of Southern Italy from earthquakes. It was a useful thing to have him on your side: after all, he caused the earthquakes himself. To see what he used to do this, take a look at the coin.

Numismatic Puzzle: Zancle

In ancient times, Messina’s wealth stemmed from its protected harbour. It was formed by a crescent-shaped headland, which is the reason for its Greek name: Zancle, i.e. “scythe”. You can find the scythe on Messina’s coins too. Put it together and have a close look!

Numismatic Puzzle: Metapontum

Today’s coin from Metapontum in southern Italy is a masterpiece of incuse minting. The ear was the trademark of the Greek settlement on the Gulf of Taranto.

Numismatic Puzzle: Sybarite Bull

Incuse coinage was characteristic for the Greek colonies in southern Italy. Thus, the depiction on the obverse of coins of the city of Sybaris was always elevated, while the reverse featured the negative, deepened motif. The image is bursting with power: a mighty bull!

Numismatic Puzzle: Syracuse

This tetradrachm from Syracuse (around 500 BC) features an important innovation: an actual depiction on the reverse! In the incuse square you can see the head of Arethusa, which was later to occupy the entire reverse.

Numismatic Puzzle: The Rolling Mill

In today’s puzzle you will deal with the rolling mill. The reward is a reconstruction of this machine, which revolutionised the minting of coins in the 16th century.

Numismatic Puzzle: Treasure Island Gotland

In this puzzle, you will find a treasure. Once you’ve solved it, you can marvel at a shiny part of the treasure hoards of Visby on the island of Gotland!

Numismatic Puzzle: San Francisco’s Old Mint

This time you will deal with San Francisco’s Old Mint, which was built as a symbol of San Francisco's wealth after the California Gold Rush.

Numismatic Puzzle: Swissmint

Today you can try your hand at the federal mint of Switzerland. The reward is the façade of Swissmint in Bern!

Numismatic Puzzle: Electrum Stater

Today’s puzzle is an electrum stater from Milet. After solving the puzzle, you can marvel at a roaring lion!