Stater issued by Neapolis, Campania, Italy, Ancient Greek States, circa 300 BC
Minted by Neapolis.
Head of a water-nymph (named as the Roman goddess Proserpina in early catalogue) facing left wearing diadem, earring and necklace; behind is a lit torch.
Man-headed bull, Achelous, walking to right head facing, above it Nike is flying to right crowning it with a wreath. Below the bull the Greek letters IS (Iota Sigma). The exergue is damaged but would have contained the word NEOPOLIT.
The issues of Neapolis became the principle coins circulating in Campania during the last half of the 4th century BC. To meet the requirments of the area greater numbers were struck and control marks, like the tourch on this piece, were introduced. 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.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Mr Lincoln, 15 Mar 1976
circa 300 BC
Type of item
20 mm (Outside Diameter), 6.785 g (Weight)
BMC. Italy page 106 No. 125 SNG ANS Part 1 Nos 285 - 286 type
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[Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.