Coin - Copper, Cales, Campania, Italy, circa 250 BC Numismatics Reg. No: NU 2008

Coin issued by Cales, Campania, Italy, Ancient Greek States, circa 250 BC
Minted by Cales
Statement Of Significance:
Cales (modern Calvi) was the site of a Roman Latin Colony from 334 BC. Occupied by the Aurunci, a group from the Latium-Campania border region of Italy, it was apparently part of the area conquered by Rome circa 313 BC after which Cales became the centre of Roman rule in Campania. Cales became an important Roman base during the second Punic war, though like many Italian cities it lost faith in Roman victory briefly in 209 BC.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 18 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 6.641 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: roosters
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 - Campania
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
DateEra: circa 250 BC
Obverse Description: Head of the Greek goddess Pallas Athena facing left wearing a crested Corinthian helmet.
Reverse Description: Cock standing to right with CALENO in front. Part of a star just on flan behind cock.
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Cales, Campania, Italy, Ancient Greek States, circa 250 BC
Previous Collection: Sanders
Previous Collection: Eugene von Guerard, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, pre 1880

Purchased from Sanders of Geelong, pre 1880. Coin was found in an NGV safe during McArthur Bequest incorporation, about 1904. Catalogue Vol.1, p.6.
References: cf BMC. Italy p.80 No.26 but no border of dots
cf SNG. ANS. Part 1 No. 188 and Plate 5
Oxford Classical Dictionary entries for Aurunci and Cales. Crawford, M. Roman Republican Coinage Vol.1 p. 137
  1. [Book], Reginald Poole - British Museum Coins and Medals, A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Italy, London, 1873, 80 Pages
  2. [Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.

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