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Live auction - bgr_412035 - CAMPANIA - NEAPOLIS Nomos, statère ou didrachme

CAMPANIA - NEAPOLIS Nomos, statère ou didrachme XF
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Estimate : 480 €
Price : 380 €
Maximum bid : 445 €
End of the sale : 31 January 2017 14:00:30
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Nomos, statère ou didrachme
Date: c. 300 AC.
Mint name / Town : Naples, Campanie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 20,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 7,17 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan parfaitement centré au droit avec le grènetis complet, un peu court au revers sur la légende. Très belle tête de Neapolis au droit. Joli revers de style fin. Belle patine de collection ancienne avec des reflets dorés
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête de la nymphe Parthénopé ou Neapolis à droite, la chevelure bouclée, ceinte d’un bandeau avec collier et boucles d’oreille ; derrière la tête, un astragale ; sous le cou un petit monogramme formé des lettres EK.

Reverse


Reverse description : Taureau androcéphale passant à droite couronné par Niké volant à droite.
Reverse legend : [NEOPOLITWN]/ (NU).

Commentary


Au droit, derrière la tête de la nymphe, l’astragale est l’ancêtre de notre jeu d’osselet. Ce symbole se retrouve associé à plusieurs monogrammes qui semblent former une série homogène. Sur notre nomos, le monogramme est difficile à interpréter et doit être lu en rétrograde.

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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