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bgr_874369 - LUCANIA - VELIA Nomos, statère ou didrachme

LUCANIA - VELIA Nomos, statère ou didrachme XF
450.00 €(Approx. 486.00$ | 387.00£)
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Type : Nomos, statère ou didrachme
Date: c. 365-350/340 AC
Mint name / Town : Vélia, Lucanie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 23,5 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 6,75 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan centré, éclaté à 9h. Joli revers. Métal piqué. Patine grise


Obverse description : Tête d'Athéna à gauche, coiffée du casque attique à cimier avec triple aigrette, orné d’un griffon.
Obverse legend : R.


Reverse description : Lion passant à droite .
Reverse legend : UELHTWN/ F.
Reverse translation : (de Vélia).

Historical background


(350-281 BC)

Velia, Elea for the Greeks, was founded around 540 BC by Phocaeans who had left Asia Minor after the fall of Sardis in 546 BC. Velia became an ally of the Romans from 275 BC The lion was the symbol of the city hence its use on the coinage of Marseille because the Marseille metropolis had close ties with Velia.

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