Coat of arms
The emblem of Crotone is the tripod, which was also depicted on the ancient coins used at the time of the city’s founding in the late eighth century BC, by the Achaeans from Peloponnesus (a Hellenic population that repeatedly colonized southern Italy, giving rise to the colonies of Magna Graecia).
The fact that the city of Kroton had its own coinage is undoubtedly a sign of a flourishing economy and extensive trade activities, claims which have been further substantiated by the discovery of Crotonian coins all over the Mediterranean region.
The Delphic tripod was the dominant element on the city’s coinage: according to tradition, prior to embarking on his journey to the new lands, the Achaean, Myskellos of Rhype, consulted with the Pythia, as was the custom, and was ordered to found a new city in the territory between Capo Lacinio (now Capo Colonna) and Punta Alice (north of Crotone).
The Pythia was the priestess of the Greek sanctuary of Delphi, who, sitting on the tripod, pronounced the oracles in the name of the god Apollo.