Coin issued by Neapolis, Campania, Italy, Ancient Greek States, circa 250 BC
Minted by Neapolis
Head of Apollo facing left, laureate
Ompalos and lyre, in exergue the Greek letters for POLITON (the letters NEO are off the flan to the left)
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.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
circa 220 BC
Type of item
4.93 g (Weight)
BMC. Italy p. 116 cf No. 235 ff.
[Book] Poole, Reginald S. 1873. A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Italy., 116-117 Pages
[Book] Crawford, Michael H. 1985. Coinage & Money under the Roman Republic., 34-35 Pages
[Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.