Coin - Semis, Graxa, circa 250 BC Numismatics Reg. No: NU 2044

A copper coin (Ae.14) from the town of Graxa in Italy, circa 250 BC
Mint: Graxa
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 14 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 2.614 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: eagles, cockle shells, scallop shells
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 - Calabria
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
DateEra: circa 250 BC
Denomination: Semis
Obverse Description: Scallop shell (BMC calls it a cockle shell)
Reverse Description: Eagle on thunderbolt with wings outstreached; below in Greek, GRA
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Tarentum, Calabria, Italy, Ancient Greek States, (250 BC - 200 BC)
Previous Collection: Eugene von Guerard, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, pre 1880

Listed in Eugene von Guerard's catalogue, vol.1, p.7. Acquired from Hamburger of Frankfurt. Von Guerard discusses the origin of this coin citing Eckel and Sambon (1863). BMC did list the type as Calabria uncertain but ANS agree with von Guerard citing Grose NC 1916. A previous note suggests the this item did not come from von Guerard and no earlier record of the piece has been found.
References: BMC. Italy, Calabria Uncertain p. 222 nos 8 ff.
SNG ANS part 1 Nos 797 - 803
Sear 602
  1. [Book], Reginald Poole - British Museum Coins and Medals, A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Italy, London, 1873, 222 Pages
  2. [Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.
  3. [Book], David Sear, Greek Coins and Their Values, Europe, Seaby, B.A. Ltd., London, 1978, 64 Pages

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