Semuncia issued by Barium, Apulia, Italy, Ancient Greek States, circa 210 BC
Minted by Barium
Laureate head of Zeus facing right
Winged Eros (Cupid) firing arrow while croaching on prow of ship which is sailing to the right. Inscription in Greek (starting in front of Eros' face) BARINO; below ship, a dolphin
The coin is damaged so its weight does not help with its denomination, further, the obverse is slightly off-centre so that the denomination mark * , if it occurs, is off the flan. It is either an Uncia or more probably a Semuncia, denominations based on the Roman system. The obverse depicts the Greek god, Zeus and the reverse the Greek god of love, Eros, in the act of loosing an arrow from the prow of a ship.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Mr Lincoln, Eugene von Guerard, 15 Mar 1976
circa 210 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 Lincoln of London for 2 shillings 3 pence, pre 1880.
Type of item
19 mm (Outside Diameter), 4.585 g (Weight)
BMC. Italy p. 132 No.1 SNG Corpus Christi Part 1 No. 101
[Book] Poole, Reginald S. 1873. A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Italy., 132 Pages
[Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.