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

Obverse Description

Head of Apollo facing left laureate. Behind his neck are the letters IPP in Greek.

Reverse Description

Omphalos (perhaps the famous omphalos, a sacred navel shaped stone, then in the temple of Apollo at Delphi) and Lyre. In the exergue in Greek, NEOPOLITON and the letters A and P seperated by a ships prow.

Edge Description



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 at Neapolis, this was the highest denomination. The type of Apollo on the obverse is closely linked to the lyre and omphalos on the reverse. The centre of the world was considered to be marked by the omphalos at the temple of Apollo at Delphi.

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