Triens issued by City of Luceria, Apulia, Italy, Ancient Greek States, circa 210 BC
Minted by Luceria
Head of Heracles as a young man wearing a lion's skin and facing right; behind 4 dots (marking the denomination as a Triens)
At the top a quiver, below this a club with the legend LOVKERI below; below this a bow.
The obverse of the coin depicts the Greek hero Herakles wearing a lion-skin. The reverse depicts his traditional club, bow and quiver. Luceria was a Latin Colony of Rome from about 315 BC. A mint was established in the city during the Second Punic War (218-201 BC) initially casting aes grave pieces on the Roman libral standard. The economic impact of the war with Hannibal saw the amount of copper in the coins decrease and eventually a switch from casting to striking technology. This coin is struck with local designs, suggesting local circulation, the mint also struck coins with standard Roman types for wider circulation. It's copper content was on the sextantal standard, though to have been adopted in 211 BC.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
circa 200 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 Friedlander of Berlin for 2 shillings 6 pence, pre 1880.
Type of item
12.412 g (Weight)
BMC. Italy p.140 no. 58 SNG Corpus Christi Part 1 No107
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