Coin issued by Neapolis, Campania, Italy, Ancient Greek States, circa 250 BC
Minted by Neapolis
Head of Apollo facing left laureate. Behind his neck are the letters IPP in Greek.
Omphalos (perhaps the famous omphalos, a sacred navel shaped stone, then in the temple of Apollo at Delphi) and Lyre. In the exergue in Greek, NEOPOLITON and the letters A and P seperated by a ships prow.
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), Mr Lincoln, 15 Mar 1976
circa 250 BC
Eugene von Guerard, Melbourne, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, pre 1880
Listed in Eugene von Guerard's catalogue, vol.1, p.6. Purchased from the London coin dealer Mr Lincoln for 1 shilling 3 pence.
Type of item
21 mm (Outside Diameter), 5.034 g (Weight)
BMC. Italy p. 117 No. 248 ( but obv. IPP) SNG Corpus Christi, Part 1 No. 84
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[Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.