Coin issued by Neapolis, Campania, Italy, Ancient Greek States, circa 250 BC
Minted by Neapolis

Obverse Description

Head of the Greek god Apollo facing left with back of hair in a formal curl - no letters

Reverse Description

Forepart of man-headed bull swimming right; behind the Greek letters IS, above the Greek word NEOPOLITES (damaged by a scratch).

Edge Description



Coins, like this, bearing the Greek letter IS are dated to or just before the First Punic War (264-241 BC). Crawford reports that six different types of copper coins were in simulatneous production, this was the smallest denomination. The man-headed bull on the reverse was a river-god called Achelous who appeared as a suitor to a mortal in a myth in the form of a bull.

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