Ancient cities chose symbols for their coinage that represented the founding mythology, a characteristic feature of the economy or the city’s devotion to a particular deity. This beautifully minted silk finish gold coin resembles this early circulating money with it’s classic design and visible relief of the motif.
For the wealthy city of Akragas on Sicily this was the crab. Some believe the animal associates with Poseidon. Others suggest a connection to the Greek river-god Akragas.