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Live auction - bgr_741465 - LUCANIA - METAPONTUM Nomos ou didrachme

LUCANIA - METAPONTUM Nomos ou didrachme AU
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Estimate : 800 €
Price : 520 €
Maximum bid : 655 €
End of the sale : 07 June 2022 14:03:00
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Nomos ou didrachme
Date: c. 400-350 AC.
Mint name / Town : Métaponte, classe A
Metal : silver
Diameter : 21,5 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 7,68 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée des deux côtés. Très beau portrait de Déméter. Revers agréable. Patine grise
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse description : Tête diadémée et couronnée d'épis de Déméter à droite avec collier de perles et pendants d'oreille, l'arrière de la tête couverte d'un voile transparent.
Obverse legend : [AP].

Reverse


Reverse description : Épi de blé sur sa tige à droite ; au-dessus, un symbole.
Reverse legend : META/ [F].
Reverse translation : (Métaponte).

Commentary


Ce type avec la chevelure retenue dans un filet de gaze semble beaucoup moins courant.

Historical background


LUCANIA - METAPONTUM

(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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