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

Obverse Description

Head of Apollo facing left, laureate

Reverse Description

Ompalos and lyre, in exergue the Greek letters for POLITON (the letters NEO are off the flan to the left)

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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