Coin issued by Arpi, Apulia, Italy, Ancient Greek States, circa 250 BC
Minted by Arpi
Head of Zeus facing left laureate (no legend)
Boar advancing to right, spear above (but hard to see). Legend in exergue illegible.
The city of Arpi was of great significance from pre-historic times until damaged in the Second Punic War followed by the spread of Malaria. It issued coins in the Greek style in both silver and copper. This coin features a profile head of the Greek god Zeus and an image of the Calydonian (Kalydonian) Boar, a monster in Greek mythology killed after being hunted by Olympian heroes. Calydon was situated in western Greece, north of the Gulf of Patras. The boar was released by the goddess Artemis as a punishment after her name was omitted from the annual sacrifices by King Oeneus. It destroyed the countryside until the best hunters in Greece were sent for.
For the story of the boar and hunt see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calydonian_boar
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
circa 250 BC
Type of item
8.197 g (Weight)
BMC. Italy p. 130 No. 4 SNG ANS Part 1 Nos 635 - 639
[Book] Poole, Reginald S. 1873. A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Italy., 130 Pages
[Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.