Diobol, Issued by the town of Rubi in Apulia, Italy, circa 200 Bcirca
Mint not recorded
Head of Athena, wearing a Corinthian helmet decorated with a star, facing right
Ear of barley with two leaves; in the field to the left the Greek letters PY and to the right a cornucopia
Statement of significance
Rubi (Rubastini), between Canusium and Butuntum, is one of the few Apulian towns of which silver coins are known. Such pieces were later replaced in circulation by coins struck for Tarentum.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15 Mar 1976
circa 200 BC
Eugene von Guerard, Melbourne, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, pre 1880
Listed in Eugene von Guerard's catalogue, vol.1, p.7. Purchased from Mr Friedlander of Berlin for 3 shillings 6 pence, pre 1880. This coin became seperated from the collection in the 19th century and was found in the NGV safe during McArthur Bequest incorporation, about 1904.
Type of item
18 mm (Outside Diameter), 1.087 g (Weight)
BMC. Italy p.144 No.1 SNG ANS Part 1 Nos. 716 - 718
[Book] Poole, Reginald S. 1873. A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Italy.
[Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.