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Live auction - bgr_646587 - LUCANIA - METAPONTUM Nomos, statère ou tridrachme

LUCANIA - METAPONTUM Nomos, statère ou tridrachme XF/AU
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Type : Nomos, statère ou tridrachme
Date: c. 470-440 AC.
Mint name / Town : Métaponte, Lucanie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 18 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 7,95 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Flan court, épais, centré des deux côtés. Très jolie frappe incuse. Patine grise avec de légers reflets bleutés au revers

Obverse


Obverse legend : ME-TA .
Obverse description : Épi de blé de haut relief avec sept grains par rangée ; un serpent dans le champ à gauche.

Reverse


Reverse description : Incus.

Commentary


Ce type très particulier a la légende répartie de chaque côtés de l’épi : ME-TA (dans le sens des aiguilles d’une montre) ce qui semble une variété beaucoup plus rare. Ce type était mal référencé par S. P. Noe qui n’avait pas relevé le serpent dans le champ à gauche.

Historical background


LUCANIA - Metaponto

(450-350 BC)

Metaponto, Achaean colony in the Gulf of Taranto was founded in 773 BC Allied first Sybarites and Croton, it then took possession of the territories of Siris. After the destruction of Sybaris by Croton in 510 BC, the city hosted Pythagoras. It played an important role until the end of the Punic wars. This coinage was struck in 334 BC, when the intervention of Alexander the Molossian, brother of Alexander the Great, who was called by the Tarentines to fight against the tribes of southern Italy . Alexander established a workshop in Metapontum. He died at the Battle of Pandosia in 330 BC by fighting against the Lucanians and Bruttians.

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