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Live auction - bgr_604854 - LUCANIA - METAPONTUM Nomos, statère ou didrachme

LUCANIA - METAPONTUM Nomos, statère ou didrachme AU
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Estimate : 1 600 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 08 September 2020 14:01:00
Type : Nomos, statère ou didrachme
Date: c. 300-280 AC.
Mint name / Town : Métaponte, Lucanie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 20,5 mm
Orientation dies : 1 h.
Weight : 7,87 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Très bel exemplaire, centré des deux côtés. Superbe portrait ainsi qu’un joli revers, de haut relief. Patine grise de collection


Obverse description : Tête de Déméter à gauche, coiffée d'une couronne d'épis et avec boucles d'oreille.


Reverse legend : LÉGENDE RÉTROGRADE.
Reverse description : Épi de blé sur sa tige, une feuille à gauche ; au-dessus, une statuette d’Artémis marchant à droite, tenant une torche des deux mains.
Reverse legend : META/ LU.

Historical background

LUCANIA - Metaponto

(340-281 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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