Obol issued by Phistelia, Campania, Italy, Ancient Greek States, circa 350 BC
Minted by Phistelia

Obverse Description

Facing male head with undercut hair style

Reverse Description

A dolphin (almost off top of flan), corn-grain and aplustre (the ornamental appendage of wood at the ship's stern curved like a bird's feather); around below, the Oscan letters for FISTLUIS

Edge Description



The site of the ancient town of Phistelia is not known but is placed in Campania as the Oscan alphabet is employed on the coins. Von Guerard's catalogue (p.6) suggests it may have been Puteoli (modern Pozzuoli on the Bay of Naples). A seaside location is suggested by the reverse type.

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