Sextans issued by Capua, Campania, Italy, Ancient Greek States, circa 215 BC
Minted by Capua
Head of Hercules to right. He is diademed and carries a club on his left shoulder. Border of dots
A lion advancing right with head raised and facing. In its mouth is a spear (being carried according to British Museum or broken with left fore paw according to ANS). In exergue a legend (largely worn away). Above the lion are two dots giving the denomination as a sextans.
The victory of Hannibal over superior Roman forces at the Batle of Cannae on 2 August 216 BC saw the defection of a number of Italian cities to him, most significantly Capua. The mint at Capua began striking coins in gold silver and, on a large scale, copper. This coin belongs to the period that Capua was under Hannibal, the city was recaptured by the Romans in 211.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Mr Lincoln, 15 Mar 1976
circa 215 BC
Type of item
23 mm (Outside Diameter), 11.476 g (Weight)
BMC. Italy, page 80 Nos. 1 and 2 (line drawing) SNG ANS Part 1 Nos 208 - 209 and plate 6
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[Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.