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Live auction - bgr_356265 - CAMPANIA - NEAPOLIS Nomos ou didrachme

CAMPANIA - NEAPOLIS Nomos ou didrachme AU/XF
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Estimate : 950 €
Price : 670 €
Maximum bid : 670 €
End of the sale : 30 June 2015 14:00:30
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Nomos ou didrachme
Date: c. 275-250 AC.
Mint name / Town : Naples, Campanie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 19 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 7,41 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan épais et irrégulier, court au revers sur la légende. Très beau portrait de la nymphe, de style fin et bien venu à la frappe, parfaitement centré. Joli revers à l’usure superficielle. Belle patine de collection ancienne avec des reflets mordorés
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la collection de B. Odaert

Obverse


Obverse description : Tête de la nymphe Parthénopé ou Néapolis à gauche, la chevelure bouclée, ceinte d’un bandeau avec collier et boucles d’oreille ; derrière la tête, étoile à huit rais centrée d’un globule.

Reverse


Reverse description : Taureau androcéphale passant à droite, la tête barbue de face, couronné par Niké volant à droite ; entre les pattes du taureau, deux lettres.
Reverse legend : [NEO]POLIT[WN]/ IS.
Reverse translation : (de Naples).

Commentary


Pour le revers, notre exemplaire est très proche de celui du Cabinet des médailles de la BnF (SNG. France 6./851) provenant de la collection Delepierre (163).

Historical background


CAMPANIA - NEAPOLIS (NAPLES)

(340-241 BC)

Neapolis, very old creation was first founded by colonists from Rhodes under the name of Parthenope in the eighth century BC The city was then colonized by the people of Cumae a century later. In the fifth century BC under the leadership of chalcidoid and Athenian colonists, the city took its final name of Neapolis (Naples). The Samnites finally invade Campania and occupy the citadel of Naples for over fifty years. Finally the Romans took possession of Naples in the third century BC The city remained nevertheless Hellenized and maintained its independence until 241 BC.

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