Coin issued by Neapolis, Campania, Italy, Ancient Greek States, circa 250 BC
Minted by Neapolis
Head of the Greek god Apollo facing left with back of hair in a formal curl - no letters
Forepart of man-headed bull swimming right; behind the Greek letters IS, above the Greek word NEOPOLITES (damaged by a scratch).
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.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Mr Lincoln, Eugene von Guerard, 15/3/1976
circa 250 BC
Eugene von Guerard, Melbourne, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, pre 1880
Listed in Eugene von Guerard's catalogue, vol.1, p.6. Purchased by Eugene von Guerard from the London coin dealer Mr Lincoln for 1 shilling.
Type of item
2.319 g (Weight)
slightly oval shape 14*15 mm
cf. BMC. Italy page 110 no. 155 but no letters on obverse. cf. SNG ANS Part 1 No. 441
[Book] Poole, Reginald S. 1873. A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Italy., 110 Pages
[Book] Crawford, Michael H. 1985. Coinage & Money under the Roman Republic., 34-35 Pages
[Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.