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Live auction - bgr_553471 - LUCANIA - METAPONTUM Nomos ou didrachme

LUCANIA - METAPONTUM Nomos ou didrachme XF/AU
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Type : Nomos ou didrachme
Date: c. 400-350 AC.
Mint name / Town : Métaponte, classe A
Metal : silver
Diameter : 19 mm
Orientation dies : 7 h.
Weight : 8,00 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Flan court, bien centré des deux côtés. Superbe revers, finement détaillé. Portrait à l’usure régulière. Patine grise avec de légers reflets dorés au revers
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant de la collection Luc Corso


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 description : Épi de blé sur sa tige à droite ; au-dessus, une souris tournée à gauche.
Reverse legend : META/ F.
Reverse translation : (Métaponte).


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

Historical background

LUCANIA - Metaponto

(450-350 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. It played an important role until the end of the Punic wars. This coinage was struck in 334 BC, when the intervention of Alexander the Molossian, brother of Alexander the Great, who was called by the Tarentines to fight against the tribes of southern Italy . Alexander established a workshop in Metapontum. He died at the Battle of Pandosia in 330 BC by fighting against the Lucanians and Bruttians.

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