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Coin - Ancona, Picenum, Italy, circa 400 BC 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
|Dimensions:||20 mm (Diameter)|
|Weight:||6.132 g (Weight)|
|Themes this item is part of:||Eugene von Guerard, Artist (1811-1901), Eugene von Guerard Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection|
|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 .|
|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.
BMC. Italy p. 40 no.1
SNG ANS Part 1 Nos. 109 & 110, Plate 3