Coin - Neapolis, Campania, Italy, circa 250 BC Numismatics Reg. No: NU 2016

Coin issued by Neapolis, Campania, Italy, Ancient Greek States, circa 250 BC
Minted by Neapolis
Statement Of Significance:
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 at Neapolis, this was the highest denomination. The type of Apollo on the obverse is closely linked to the lyre and omphalos on the reverse. The centre of the world was considered to be marked by the omphalos at the temple of Apollo at Delphi.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 21 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 5.034 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: musical instruments, stringed instruments, lyres, omphalos stones
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 - Campania
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
DateEra: circa 250 BC
Obverse Description: Head of Apollo facing left laureate. Behind his neck are the letters IPP in Greek.
Reverse Description: Omphalos (perhaps the famous omphalos, a sacred navel shaped stone, then in the temple of Apollo at Delphi) and Lyre. In the exergue in Greek, NEOPOLITON and the letters A and P seperated by a ships prow.
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 from the London coin dealer Mr Lincoln for 1 shilling 3 pence.
References: BMC. Italy p. 117 No. 248 ( but obv. IPP)
SNG Corpus Christi, Part 1 No. 84
  1. [Book], Reginald Poole - British Museum Coins and Medals, A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Italy, London, 1873, 116-117 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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