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Coin - Triens, Luceria, Apulia, Italy, circa 210 BC Numismatics Reg. No: NU 2026

Triens issued by City of Luceria, Apulia, Italy, Ancient Greek States, circa 210 BC
Minted by Luceria
Statement Of Significance:
The obverse of the coin depicts the Greek hero Herakles wearing a lion-skin. The reverse depicts his traditional club, bow and quiver. Luceria was a Latin Colony of Rome from about 315 BC. A mint was established in the city during the Second Punic War (218-201 BC) initially casting aes grave pieces on the Roman libral standard. The economic impact of the war with Hannibal saw the amount of copper in the coins decrease and eventually a switch from casting to striking technology. This coin is struck with local designs, suggesting local circulation, the mint also struck coins with standard Roman types for wider circulation. It's copper content was on the sextantal standard, though to have been adopted in 211 BC.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 24 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 12.412 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: archery
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 200 BC
Denomination: Triens
Obverse Description: Head of Heracles as a young man wearing a lion's skin and facing right; behind 4 dots (marking the denomination as a Triens)
Reverse Description: At the top a quiver, below this a club with the legend LOVKERI below; below this a bow.
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Luceria, Apulia, Italy, Ancient Greek States, circa 210 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 6 pence, pre 1880.
References: BMC. Italy p.140 no. 58
SNG Corpus Christi Part 1 No107
  1. [Book], Reginald Poole - British Museum Coins and Medals, A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Italy, London, 1873, 140 Pages
  2. [Book], Professor Michael Crawford, Roman Republican Coinage, Cambridge University Press, 1974, 183, 596 Pages
  3. [Book], Professor Michael Crawford, Coinage & Money under the Roman Republic, London, 1985, 65 Pages
  4. [Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.

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