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Coin - Diobol, Metapontum, circa 500 BC Numismatics Reg. No: NU 2050

A silver diobol or 1/6th stater coin from the town of Metapontum in Lucania, Italy circa 500 BC
Mint: Metapontum
Statement Of Significance:
"The first coinages of Italy were issued in the second half of the sixth century by a group of cities on the coast of the Ionian Sea ... Metapontum, Sybaris and Croton, with Cauilonia following ... All four cities adopted the same weight standard ... The coins were struck with an obverse and a reverse die, but their appearance was unprecedented ... the obverse design appeared normal in relief, while on the reverse a closely similar version of the same design was struck in negative and in alignment with it." Rutter, N.K. "The Coinage of Italy" The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Coinage, Oxford University Press, 2012, p. 128. This coin represents a slight variation on the originasl form, the reverse incuse design being a bull's head shaped to fit the barley of the obverse.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 12 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 1.109 g (Weight)

More information

Themes this item is part of: Eugene von Guerard, Artist (1811-1901), Eugene von Guerard Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Ancient Greek States - Lucania
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
DateEra: circa 500 BC
Denomination: Diobol
Obverse Description: Ear of barley; in field to left, META
Reverse Description: Bucranium incuse
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Metapontum, Calabria, Italy, Ancient Greek States, (510 BC - 480 BC)
Previous Collection: Eugene von Guerard, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, pre 1880

Listed in Eugene von Guerard's catalogue, vol.1, p.8. Purchased by von Guerard from Mr Lincoln of London for 3 shillings 9 pence.
References: BMC. Italy p.241 no.42
Sear 239
  1. [Book], Reginald Poole - British Museum Coins and Medals, A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Italy, London, 1873, 241 Pages
  2. [Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.

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