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Coin - Neapolis, Campania, Italy, circa 250 BC 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
|Dimensions:||15 mm (Diameter)|
|Weight:||2.319 g (Weight)|
|Dimension Comment:||slightly oval shape 14*15 mm|
|Tagged with:||mythical animals, minotaurs|
|Themes this item is part of:||Eugene von Guerard, Artist (1811-1901), Eugene von Guerard Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection|
|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).|
|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.
cf. BMC. Italy page 110 no. 155 but no letters on obverse.
cf. SNG ANS Part 1 No. 441