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E-auction 519-433601 - bgr_674299 - LUCANIA - METAPONTUM Nomos ou didrachme

LUCANIA - METAPONTUM Nomos ou didrachme VF/XF
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Estimate : 280 €
Price : 220 €
Maximum bid : 235 €
End of the sale : 27 March 2023 14:00:20
bidders : 14 bidders
Type : Nomos ou didrachme
Date: c. 430-400 AC.
Mint name / Town : Métaponte
Metal : silver
Diameter : 20 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 7,54 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan irrégulier et éclaté, légèrement décentré sur le visage au droit à l’usure importante, lisible et identifiable. Patine de collection ancienne
Catalogue references :


Obverse description : Tête de Déméter à droite, coiffée de l’ampyx avec collier et boucles d’oreille ; un grain d’orge derrière la tête.


Reverse description : Épi de blé sur sa tige.
Reverse legend : META.
Reverse translation : (de Métaponte).


Mêmes coins que l’exemplaire de la collection de Luynes (BnF), n° 496 pl. XVIII.

Historical background


(470-350 BC)

Metaponte, an Achaean colony located in the Gulf of Taranto, is said to have been founded in 773 BC. First allied with the Sybarites and the Crotoniates, it then took possession of the territories of Siris. After the destruction of Sybaris by Crotone in 510 BC, the city welcomed Pythagoras. It played an important role until the end of the Punic Wars. This coinage was struck in 334 BC, at the time of the intervention of Alexander the Molossus, brother-in-law of Alexander the Great, who was called by the Tarentines to fight against the tribes of southern Italy . Alexander establishes a workshop in Métaponte. He died at the Battle of Pandosia in 330 BC fighting against the Lucanians and the Bruttians.

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