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Live auction - bgr_413059 - LUCANIA - METAPONTUM Hemiobole

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Estimate : 280 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 31 January 2017 14:01:30
Type : Hemiobole
Date: c. 275-250 AC.
Mint name / Town : Métaponte, Lucanie
Metal : copper
Diameter : 15,5 mm
Orientation dies : 10 h.
Weight : 2,98 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan bien centré des deux côtés. Belle tête de Déméter. Joli revers de style fin. Belle patine marron
Catalogue references :


Obverse description : Tête de Déméter (Cérès) à droite, voilée et drapée avec le stéphané.


Reverse description : Épi de blé ; dans le champ à gauche, un monogramme.
Reverse legend : META/ (UE).
Reverse translation : (de Métaponte).


Ce type est en fait beaucoup plus rare que ne le laissent supposer les ouvrages généraux et doit être replacé dans le cadre de l’occupation carthaginoise d’Hannibal entre 215 et 207 avant J.-C.

Historical background

LUCANIA - Metaponto

(Third century 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. Metaponto participated in the Panhellenic Foundation Thurium in 443 BC during the Peloponnesian War, she supported Athens against Syracuse. During the war between Rome and Pyrrhus, she sided with the latter. Finally, during the Second Punic War (221-201 BC). she favored Hannibal who established his headquarters in 210 BC after the loss of Capua. She finally lost its independence after 201 BC.

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