Coin - Ancona, Picenum, Italy, circa 400 BC Numismatics Reg. No: NU 2001

Coin issued by Ancona, Picenum, Italy, Ancient Greek States, circa 400 BC
Minted by Ancona
Statement Of Significance:
The reverse depiction of an arm is apparently selected as a pun on the famed shape of the town's harbour which resembled an elbow-joint. The harbour at Ancona was the best on the central east coast of Italy. It may have been first settled by refugees from Dionysius I of Syracuse in about 400 BC, the time that this coin is thought to have been struck.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 20 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 6.132 g (Weight)

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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 - Picenum
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
DateEra: circa 400 BC
Obverse Description: Head of the Greek goddess Aphrodite laureate facing right wearing earring. Behind the base of her neck (largely worn away) the letter M
Reverse Description: A right arm holding a palm branch (largely worn away). Above the arm are two stars (largely worn away) and below are the Greek letters 'AGKON' meaning an elbow .
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Ancona, Picenum, Italy, Ancient Greek States, circa 400 BC
Deity Depicted: Aphrodite (Ancient Goddess), Ancona, Picenum, Italy, 400 BC

The date of issue must preceed Roman conquest which occured in the early 3rd century BC.
Previous Collection: Eugene von Guerard, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, pre 1880

Listed in Eugene von Guerard's catalogue, vol.1, p.5 under Ager Picenus. Purchased by Eugene von Guerard from the London coin dealer Mr Lincoln for 3 shillings.
References: BMC. Italy p. 40 no.1
SNG ANS Part 1 Nos. 109 & 110, Plate 3
  1. [Book], Reginald Poole - British Museum Coins and Medals, A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Italy, London, 1873, 40 Pages
  2. [Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.

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