Coin - Arpi, Apulia, Italy, circa 250 BC Numismatics Reg. No: NU 2024

Coin issued by Arpi, Apulia, Italy, Ancient Greek States, circa 250 BC
Minted by Arpi
Statement Of Significance:
The city of Arpi was of great significance from pre-historic times until damaged in the Second Punic War followed by the spread of Malaria. It issued coins in the Greek style in both silver and copper. This coin features a profile head of the Greek god Zeus and an image of the Calydonian (Kalydonian) Boar, a monster in Greek mythology killed after being hunted by Olympian heroes. Calydon was situated in western Greece, north of the Gulf of Patras. The boar was released by the goddess Artemis as a punishment after her name was omitted from the annual sacrifices by King Oeneus. It destroyed the countryside until the best hunters in Greece were sent for.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 22 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 8.045 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: boars
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 - Apulia
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
DateEra: circa 250 BC
Obverse Description: Head of Zeus facing left laureate (no legend)
Reverse Description: Kalydonian boar advancing to right, spear above (but hard to see). Legend in exergue in Greek: ARPANON
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Arpi, Apulia, 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.7. Purchased from Mr Friedlander of Berlin for 2 shillings, pre 1880.
References: BMC. Italy p. 130 Nos. 4 ff.
SNG ANS Part 1 Nos 635 - 639
For the story of the boar and hunt see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calydonian_boar
  1. [Book], Reginald Poole - British Museum Coins and Medals, A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Italy, London, 1873, 130 Pages
  2. [Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.

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