Obol issued by Phistelia, Campania, Italy, Ancient Greek States, circa 350 BC
Minted by Phistelia
Facing male head with undercut hair style
A dolphin (almost off top of flan), corn-grain and aplustre (the ornamental appendage of wood at the ship's stern curved like a bird's feather); around below, the Oscan letters for FISTLUIS
The site of the ancient town of Phistelia is not known but is placed in Campania as the Oscan alphabet is employed on the coins. Von Guerard's catalogue (p.6) suggests it may have been Puteoli (modern Pozzuoli on the Bay of Naples). A seaside location is suggested by the reverse type.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Mr Lincoln, Eugene von Guerard, 15 Mar 1976
circa 350 BC
Type of item
12 mm (Outside Diameter), 0.618 g (Weight)
BMC. Italy p.123 No.4-6 SNG. Corpus Christi Part 1 No.92 and plate III
[Book] Poole, Reginald S. 1873. A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Italy., 123 Pages
[Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.