A silver diobol coin from the town of Metapontum in Lucania, Italy circa 300 BC
Mint: Metapontum

Obverse Description

Head of Zeus Ammon facing left, beardless and wearing horn of Ammon

Reverse Description

Ear of barley with small owl on leaf on left side. In field right, META

Edge Description



Zeus was the Greek King of the Gods and God of sky and thunder. Ammon was the city god of Thebes whose worship spread through North Africa then into the northern Mediterranean lands. In Greece and Greek colonies Ammon was equated with Zeus but depicted on coins with a curling ram's horn.

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