Coin - Semis, Brundisium, Calabria, Italy, circa 200 BC Numismatics Reg. No: NU 2031

A Semis from the town of Brundisium in Calabria, Italy, circa 200 BC
Mint not recorded
Statement Of Significance:
"The other coinage which stands out is the coinage of the harbour town and Latin colony of Brundisium, produced on an enormouse scale. Purely Roman in character ... It is reasonable to suppose that the entire coinage is to be related to Roman naval activity in Greece in connection with the First Macedonian War and, perhaps, with the Second Macedonian War and the war against Antiochus III" (Crawford, Coinage and Money under the Roman Republic, p.66)
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 22 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 7.607 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: children, musical instruments, stringed instruments, lyres, dolphins
Themes this item is part of: Eugene von Guerard, Artist (1811-1901), Eugene von Guerard Collection, Information & Communication Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Ancient Greek States
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
DateEra: circa 200 BC
Denomination: Semis
Obverse Description: Head of Poseidon facing right laureate; behind (difficult to see) Nike flying above a trident. Below a letter S on its side (the denomination mark - Semis)
Reverse Description: Taras seated on dolphin swimming to left. He holds Nike in his right hand and a lyre in his left. Behind the denomination mark S and below (partly illegible) BRVN.
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Ovoid
Material: Copper
Issued By: Brundisium, Calabria, Italy, Ancient Greek States, circa 200 BC
Previous Collection: Eugene von Guerard, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, pre 1880

Eugene von Guerard's collection was acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria in 1880.
References: BMC. Italy p. 155 No. 10
SNG ANS Part 1 Nos. 783 - 791
  1. [Book], Reginald Poole - British Museum Coins and Medals, A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Italy, London, 1873, 155 Pages
  2. [Book], Professor Michael Crawford, Coinage & Money under the Roman Republic, London, 1985, 66, 69-70 Pages
  3. [Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.

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