Coin - Neapolis, Campania, Italy, circa 250 BC Numismatics Reg. No: NU 2012

Coin issued by Neapolis, Campania, Italy, Ancient Greek States, circa 250 BC
Minted by Neapolis
Statement Of Significance:
Coins, like this, bearing the Greek letter IS are dated to or just before the First Punic War (264-241 BC). Crawford reports that six different types of copper coins were in simulatneous production, this was the smallest denomination. The man-headed bull on the reverse was a river-god called Achelous who appeared as a suitor to a mortal in a myth in the form of a bull.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 15 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 2.319 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: slightly oval shape 14*15 mm

More information

Tagged with: mythical animals, minotaurs
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 god Apollo facing left with back of hair in a formal curl - no letters
Reverse Description: Forepart of man-headed bull swimming right; behind the Greek letters IS, above the Greek word NEOPOLITES (damaged by a scratch).
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Neapolis, Campania, Italy, Ancient Greek States, circa 250 BC
Previous Collection: Eugene von Guerard, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, pre 1880

Listed in Eugene von Guerard's catalogue, vol.1, p.6. Purchased by Eugene von Guerard from the London coin dealer Mr Lincoln for 1 shilling.
References: cf. BMC. Italy page 110 no. 155 but no letters on obverse.
cf. SNG ANS Part 1 No. 441
  1. [Book], Reginald Poole - British Museum Coins and Medals, A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Italy, London, 1873, 110 Pages
  2. [Book], Professor Michael Crawford, Coinage & Money under the Roman Republic, London, 1985, 34-35 Pages
  3. [Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.

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